New Study: Penis Size Does Matter to Women

Male scientist in Texas: “Just because a woman prefers a man with a large penis doesn’t mean that she’s going to find one.”

Science has proven that women are more attracted to men with bigger penises! I don’t know if I want to say “Go Science!” or “Du-uhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.”

Male Homo sapiens have an almost disproportionately large penis when compared to other large mamamals. (An adult guerilla’s penis averages 1.5 inches long.) Apparently, it is far larger than it needs to be for its function, but may have become that way due to evolution: Many generations of prehistoric women choosing well-endowed men.

For this scientific study, 49 unique, computer-generated, life-size male figures, based on real Italian men were created. Each figure varied in three traits: height, shoulder-hip ratio and flaccid penis size. The figures were then projected onto a wall and reviewed by 105 Australian women with an average age of 26. The women were asked to simply rate the attractiveness of the figures as sexual partners on a scale of 1-7.

The findings: Women prefer tall men with broad shoulders and narrow hips, like Ryan Lochte, or, sigh, Channing Tatum. But when Brian Mautz, a University of Ottawa researcher, controlled for those variables, it turned out that penis size (length and girth) was about as important as stature.

The women also spent more time gazing at the generously endowed figures. The findings add to a debate that started in 1966 when Masters and Johnson concluded penis size to be unimportant to females, which some people (let’s not even posit who) have been holding onto ever since.

And why are women attracted to a larger penis?

Mautz posits: “Some studies indicate that preference for a larger penis might arise because penis size is associated with higher rates of vaginal orgasm.”

This time, I have to say “Double Du-uhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.” Or “Really?” a la Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers on SNL. Or, “How much were you paid for this?” Now you are trying to tell me that the female orgasm MATTERS?

About 45 percent of American males feel their penises are too small, so it’s not a surprise that backlash against the study came out the same day as the findings. Adam Jones, a biologist who studies sexual selection and mate choice at Texas A&M University, “cautions that projections on a wall are no substitute for real life. Just because a woman prefers a man with a large penis doesn’t mean that she’s going to find one.”

What? Is the advice then, Dr. Jones, settle for whatever penis you can get? Is there something you’re not telling us?

If 45 percent of men are insecure about their penis size, I posit that the other 55 percent are overly proud. I received my own dick pic about eight years ago, before they were popular enough to have a name. I wasn’t stunned by seeing a naked penis, but more by the idea that the sender could know so little about women that he would think this was a good idea.

Like this good idea: Anthony Weiner is back in the news with rumors he may run for NYC Mayor.

Once he finally admitted those pics were his, he acknowledged that it was “very dumb” but he never said why he did it. But we all know why: Like a little boy discovering its tricks, he’s proud of it. I think it takes a certain amount of ego to 1) be in politics; 2) send photos of your penis and your bare chest to many random, much younger women; and 3) stage a political comeback after having previously reduced yourself to puns of your unfortunate name, a la Weinergate.

I met Weiner at a wedding last year, and though I felt immature about it, I must admit I couldn’t shake what I knew about him, what the world knew. I shook his hand, and as I said, “How are you?” what I was actually thinking was simultaneously “I’ve seen you.” And “How could you?”

All of the wedding guests tweeted and twittered.

His beautiful, and very pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, handled the scene graciously, and I could only think of Hillary Clinton, and how Huma was now having to follow her own advice.

While I believe this study states the obvious, I can’t help but think of all the men who have been telling themselves that size doesn’t matter; it must be like finding out the family dog didn’t go away to a farm in the country. I once had a man, as he prepared for a vasectomy, tell me that he had heard it will make sex better. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I just nodded and assured him I had heard the same thing.

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  • Mvd Wallay

    I concur with this researchers dat dick size matters a lot.

  • oldpro

    although i am a man, for a few years(college and right after when boys/girls live in tight quarters) it does matter a little to a few women. Guys who benefit get big egos and their confidence actually enhances the effect for a while until everyone gets married and moves on with life. I have seen “nice guy” friends turn into selfish jerks as they knew they had a edge

  • A Big Butt and a Smile

    “Duh” is right. SMH.

  • John Williams

    But if men say they prefer big breasts they are just being pigs right?

    • bigorsmall

      In actuality, lots of men have sex with big/small breasted women even if their “preference is big”. A fulfilling sex life have very little to do with the size of penises and size of breasts. They are good for foreplay though ;-D

  • Ernie Coyne

    Most women cannot achieve orgasm by penetration alone. Most women who do reach orgasm, do so by clitoral stimulation. A much small percentage of women achieve orgasm by vaginal penetration. For the latter group, penis size is important. So for most women, penis length is not that significant. The clitoris is external, and the G-spot is only 2-3 inches up the interior front wall of the vagina. In fact, girth is favored by most women because of the extra friction and stimulation it provides as well as the “full feeling”. So this survey gives little reason to get excited. The women find a longer penis more attractive. But that doesn’t mean that it will necessarily give them better sex. Erections are equalizers. Small penises tend to increase in size dramatically, even to double in size. Larger penises tend to increase much less when becoming erect from flaccid. If a woman finds a larger penis attractive, that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t find a man with a smaller penis attractive. Factors include his looks, personality, intelligence, sense of humor, ambition, empathy, success, and yes, wealth. As far as sexual pleasure and satisfaction, technique and skill are significant. A woman can be very satisfied with her sex life in spite of the fact that the penis she ended up with is smaller than the one she fantasized about. I think that a situation like that probably involves a guy who is skilled orally, manually, and with toys, in addition to positions, and paying attention to foreplay and clitoris and G-spot. Ironically, a British urology clinical study found that couples where the man had a micropenis (under 3 inches erect) were more stable and long-lasting in their marriage than where the man was in the average size range. Here’s a true story to show the effect of media hype and porn on influencing what women regard as “attractive”. A young lady met her girlfriends for lunch. She told them that she had a new boyfriend. “What’s he like?” She tells them that he is really nice, and she really likes him But his penis is small. The friends ask, “well how’s the sex?” She enthuses: “the sex is great, it’s terrific!” Her friends ask, “well what’s the problem?”. “his penis is small”. She couldn’t overcome preconceived notions about penis size related to sexual satisfaction.

    That’s why I say, take a second look at surveys like this one, and don’t jump to the conclusion that women will only date well endowed men, or settle and be secretly disappointed and unsatisfied. It’s not true. I do admit as I said above, that there are size queens and they have a right to reject any male candidates who do not meet their preferences size-wise. It’s just that there are enough women to whom penis size is not significant. Especially if they love him. Especially if they work around it together to make it satisfy both of them.


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  • OldUncleDave

    More important than the size of boat is the ability to stay in port until all passengers have disembarked.

    • Sam

      You sir are a winner.

  • Leonard McElroy

    I know this is an old article, but it begs the question: What is it that you advocate men with less significant anatomy do? Remove themselves from the dating scene, remain alone, and eventually blow their f***ing brains out? Your tone is so dismissive and downright nasty in this piece, I’m utterly shocked. Do you have any idea how damaging this journalistic sewage is to men with confidence issues pertaining to this problem? Do you realize men can’t just buy plastic and silicone “corrections” and have them surgically implanted like women and that we’re stuck with whatever we have?

    You’re a truly horrible human being – lower than scum. If this is truly how you think, keep it to yourself. Take some responsibility for what you write and how it’s seen by others – you could have very well pushed someone to end their lives with this god-awful drivel. What’s worse is that you make it out to be some sort of joke. This is deadly serious, I assure you. I compare your article to making fun of the physically disabled – I guess you probably get a great laugh out of cerebral palsy or MS patients too, eh?

    You should be ashamed of yourself, and the Philadelphia Magazine should be ashamed of publishing this.

  • Kathy

    This is a dangerously charged discussion. And, a very individual preference.