Size Does Matter: Study Shows Women Judge Male Attractiveness by Penis Size

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Call it sexist or sensationalist, but now science suggests it’s so: women find men with bigger penises more attractive.

(UPDATED) Reporting in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers led by Brian Mautz, now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa in Canada, studied how 105 young Australian women rated attractiveness in males.

The researchers, including those from Monash University and Australian National University, asked the women to view life-size video clips of computer-generated images of naked men who varied in height, body shape and flaccid penis size, but not in other qualities like facial attractiveness and hair. The women gave each image a rating from 1 to 7 on total sexual attractiveness, rather than assessing individual characteristics.

“We show that penis size actually is important on some level and, importantly, it interacts with other traits,” says Mautz.

The size of a model’s member, for example, had a greater influence on attractiveness if the model were tall, since proportion may have been an important factor in how appealing the men appeared to the women. “A change in penis size has a larger effect for taller men than it does for other heights,” Mautz says. “This result could be because penis size was smaller when assessed relative to the height of a taller man,” the authors note.

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But height was equally important. Shorter men with larger penises were ranked as more attractive than shorter men who were not as well endowed, but they still remained on the low end of the scale for overall appeal, says Mautz. “You’d think that if penis size is super attractive, it might help shorter guys more. It does increase attractiveness for short men, but they still are under average in attractiveness scores.”

It turns out there may also be a threshold for the ideal size, which may also work against the vertically challenged; the study found that above about 3 in., additional enlargement in genitalia doesn’t make that much of a difference in attractiveness, regardless of a man’s height.

That’s not to say that there’s an upper limit on penis size, however; Mautz and his team did not find a maximum on desired size, but noted that “the most attractive penis size” appeared to fall outside the range used in the study, which was designed to capture 95% of the variability women would encounter. So although attractiveness beyond the 3 in. continued to increase in a linear fashion, it did so at a slower rate.

The results may not be as superficial as they seem. Based on evolutionary principles, it could be possible that women look to penis size to judge a man’s appropriateness as a mate; the size of a man’s member may indicate an ability to sire and produce healthy and robust children (something that obviously tended to play a greater role before developed societies began wearing clothes). And that, say the researchers, might help to explain why men have evolved relatively large penises in relation to those of other primates.

While size may matter, the findings don’t suggest that only size matters. In fact, body shape seemed to trump both height and genital endowment in determining attractiveness. Based on the women’s answers, the researcher calculated that height was as important as endowment in a male’s attractiveness, while wider shoulders and narrow hips was more important than both combined.

So if appealing to women is the goal, then it’s the gym membership that may make more sense than investing in genital enhancement devices.

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(Note:  A previous version of this story was incorrectly edited and did not accurately reflect the data on the relative importance of the three factors studied in the research.)

314 comments
ohboy
ohboy

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blakesgarden
blakesgarden

The avg. size is what it is because of evolution. If thousands upon thousands of years of human sexual selection had been for foot long penises, then most men alive today would have them. Men have the penises, on avg.,  that have been selected for. Anything to the contrary is hype and link-bait.

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ChrisNabi

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OmgItsBettie

I just love these studies! I get to share them with @sfbaygeo!!! LOL!!! 

FrankBurns1
FrankBurns1

The title is misleading. Read the article, and you see it is just one criteria, and not all that important.

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HannoPhoenicia

Time Magazine's idea of reporting seems to suggest they're now competing with the National Enquirer for getting the scoop on the latest "science". A dying magazine drowning in it's own waste.

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EmilieCheval

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sbunny8
sbunny8

FAIL Once again, here we have a stupid article which claims "yes, size matters" and then you read the article and you find out what it really says is not that size matters but they have allegedly proven that some group of people think that size matters. Big difference there.

"Size matters" refers to the idea that women will have a significantly more enjoyable sexual experience with a man who has a larger penis compared to a man with a smaller penis. That's what the words mean. Time and time again, these words have been proven to be false, unless you monkey around with the definitions. In this case, change the concept of an enjoyable sexual experience into mere sexual attraction, i.e. the anticipation that you might have an enjoyable sexual experience (hypothetically).

I saw an article six months ago which claimed they found evidence that women have more orgasms with men who have large penises. If you read the actual results of the study, all they really found was that women who had lots of orgasms tended to believe that size matters. It didn't prove anything about the women's actual sexual partners, just the women's beliefs. According to the study, if you find a woman who has lots of orgasms and ask her "Does size matter?", she's more likely to answer yes than a woman who has fewer orgasms. That's a long way from proving that the belief is justified.

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

Size helps but actually know what a clitoris can do is what she wants.

MochezMKenyanMuAfriqan
MochezMKenyanMuAfriqan

in Afrika size does matter..for the men it's the penis & for the women it's their bums.how else would u expect 6+ inches to penetrate a petite size 4 woman?the women got to be big as well to accomodate their males lol

Postscarcity
Postscarcity

Interesting topic.

If we look at where in the world the smallest penises are, then south-east Asia quickly appear on the map. In time, this means,first interesting observation when we look at what it correlates strongly positive with. For if we were to ask another question: Where do we find the largest (by volume) and brightest (IQ) brains (especially when most g charged )? Oddly enough .. south-east Asia. Maybe something for the ladies to think about?


SoccerboyMatthieu
SoccerboyMatthieu

that's b.s coz until she gets down there, she has no idea how it looks like.

XShadowLyricalX
XShadowLyricalX

Some say 7.5" is big. I look down and say, " what the hell are you looking at?"

DavidPeters
DavidPeters

Now that I think about it this is just not fair.  The government should spread the wealth around so everybody can benefit.  Anybody with a penis larger than 7 inches should be forced to undergo reduction surgery and the excess flesh can be given to the less endowed men.  Sure the foreskin will not take and will just rot off the person who is not prepared for it but fair is fair.  Doing this will not help anyone and will hurt a lot of people....but it will make us FEEL good because we will be taking from those 1% endowed people.  If you missed the analogy:  Taking money from people that earned it and giving it to people who didn't is just like grafting penis parts- you can hurt the well endowed but that is not going to help the smaller men.  Until they are ready for the money it will be gone soon and be of little help to them.

DavidPeters
DavidPeters

OF COURSE size matters!  Ever since women were given the vote.....wait for it....THE TALLEST AND BEST LOOKING CANDIDATE ALWAYS WON THE PRESIDENCY AND THE FEMALE VOTE BY MORE THAN 10 POINT MARGINS.  Women blather on about being better than men- 'we don't judge just by looks.'  Uh huh.  Sure.

JohnTlag
JohnTlag

So as long as it's over 3", we're ok?

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jmsarxt
jmsarxt

@sbunny8 How could know unless you're a woman?   I'm here to tell you size DOES matter!  I am 75 years old, had two husbands and MANY lovers and looking back on past sexual partners - wow!  Size does matter!!!!!

OmgItsBettie
OmgItsBettie

@Postscarcity Unless you've come across both Caucasians and Asians, your statement is merely a repetition of something you hear, but you have no idea whether it is true or not. Now, speaking from experience, I can say that both Asians and Caucasians are on the same scale as far as penis size, and the women that I have known that have been with both Asians and Caucasians say the same. In the end, unless you speak from experience, I'd advise you not to use cliches or things you've heard about stereotypes.

pharmacist1952
pharmacist1952

@DavidPeters 

The Penis subject is not factual. The "Wealth Redistribution" is factual.

And "Wealth Redistribution" sounds as absurd as "Penis Redistribution".

Great comment David

XShadowLyricalX
XShadowLyricalX

Penis size, the economy, two different thing, and two different discussions, and they barely correlate.

paulsmith1988
paulsmith1988

@thewholetruth You are absolutely  right as first our GOV should take care of your food crisis, If this problem is solved then other problems are also solved which can be related to male enhancement or any other topics.

XShadowLyricalX
XShadowLyricalX

To you, someone who can't stick to one person, maybe it does. But to the ones who choose monogamy for life, with them it's mess likely to matter because they don't feel the need to try every organ they come across.