The above is a “chart” from Esquire regarding women’s preferences for performing oral sex, but I don’t have anything to say about blowjobs. This is about how horrible the above image is, having nothing to do with popsicles or oral sex.
The above image—which I discovered in this pleasant Slate post about remarkably similar popsicle on blue background photographs being used in J Crew ads and a memoir about someone’s mother dying—is one of the worst things made to look like a chart I have seen. At first look, it seems to be quite a clever bar graph—the way their “Do you practice safe sex?” chart does (that one is roughly to scale).
But a slightly closer look reveals the lengths of the popsicle bears absolutely no relation to the numbers they are being associated with. 30%, you may know, is greater than 19%, despite there being more popsicle on 19%. So maybe, one would think, the scale is just reversed? That’d be a pretty goofy thing to do in this case, but flipped scales are not unheard of in graphing. But, that is not the case, because 30% is less than 46%, but “I Like It Because He Likes It” has more popsicle than the empty “I Love It”.
It’s tough for me to admit how angry these types of things can make me. Of all the things I could be a snob about, I ended up with charts. Could be worse, I suppose.
But the major takeaway is that there is obviously a glaring deficiency in statistical literacy at Esquire and we should be very suspicious of the bulk of the findings in their Survey Of American Women (from whence this chart and it’s unrelated data came).