Correlation does not equal causation, etc. Also, how the heck did someone come up with this idea? #maybeidontwanttoknow
Since as a rule I can count on anything she WTFs at to be eminently WTFable, I directed my attention to the premise in question:
“The authors reviewed historical literature and hypothesized a relationship between epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases and foot fetishism. They tested this hypothesis by quantifying foot-fetish depictions in the mass-circulation pornographic literature during a 30-yr. interval. An exponential increase was noted during the period of the current AIDS epidemic. The authors offer reasons for this possible relationship.”
I should note here that this was categorized by the blog team under, among other things, holy correlation batman!
In an effort to at least pretend to be serious, I’ll also note that the feet are not exactly a disease vector — at least, not for this particular disease.
I’d also offer up the suggestion that the pedicure, formerly a pricey salon service, is now essentially a commodity, what with nail shops in every other strip mall.
Presumably Dick Morris, who has done his own research on related matters, was not available for comment.