Forget what you read in tabloids, or hear in bars, or gather from “good” friends. Does penis size really matter to women? In short: “Yes.” But other things matter too.
Undoubtedly, the most complex analysis that I have ever read on this topic was recently published and is all the rage among scientists. I know this because I recently attended a medical society board meeting and this paper was being emailed around and whispered about all weekend. Funny that, scientists are people too.
The famed study asked whether there really is a relationship between penis size and attractiveness to females. Of course, I had to get a copy of the paper and have a good read. One of the first things I learned: it is nice to know that relative to other mammals, the human penis is “comparatively large.” Who’da thunk? Pound for pound, walruses, horses and whales have nothing on us!
What a Fun Study
Ok, so here’s what they did in the study. Over a hundred young women (averaging 26 years old) were shown a series of life-size, digital images of male figures. A total of 343 figures were shown, with wide variations in shoulder-hip ratios (body shape), height and flaccid penis size. The women were asked to rate the attractiveness of the male figures as sexual partners and their sexual preferences were then analyzed.
Drum Roll Please
And the salient findings were:
- Body shape (shoulder-to-hip ratio), height and penis size were all related to sexual attractiveness.
- Most of “attractiveness” (80%) was based on body shape; the influence of penis shape or height on sexiness was far less important.
- The influence of larger penis size was less important with penis lengths 7.6 cm (3 inches) or more. (For comparison, the average flaccid penis length of U.S. men is 8.8 cm [3.5 inches]).
- Tall women found height important to male attractiveness
- Shorter women found penis size important to male attractiveness.
- Features of attractiveness appeared to be independent of the female ovulation cycle.
- Women took longer to respond to figures with larger penises than smaller penises (the “wow” factor?)
- The “most attractive” penis size was well above that shown in any digital image presented to women (“good luck!” factor)
So the science backs the myth: penis size matters. But only in the context of other equally sexy features about men. In the words of Wendelin Wiedeking, if size were all that mattered, “then dinosaurs would still be alive.”