on the size, structure and purpose of what you’re referring to
There’s much talk, much research, much myth and plenty of bullshit, but in the end, research shows that “size matters” to women. But wait, it not just about the penis. Hang on guys, you got more going for you than your penis – or not – because “short” and “tall” also matters. It depends.
Sure, women consider a tall guy with a great physique and a longer penis most attractive, but, in real-life, how many Tarzans are there? About as many as there are Rachel Welchs. Apparently, less than 3% of all penises are outside one-deviation larger or smaller than the average size (5.6″).
Almost everyone is fascinated – at least somewhat interested – in the penis, but no one more than Dr. Diane Kelly, a comparative biologist at the University of Massachusetts. Her TED Talk (11 minute video below) puts a penis in perspective and tells us a lot we didn’t know.
“That mammalian, fleshy, inflatable cylinder we are familiar with – at least half of us are.” – Dr. Diane Kelly
It’s amazing how a few descriptive words from a scientist can ease the conversation about the purpose and function of the penis. The subject, in the hands of a scientist (literally), loses its hang ups on how its hung and becomes an amazing mechanical function for transferring sperm and becoming erect without “wiggling” – and doing it all with great pleasure.
Scientific American writes about a group of Australian scientists who did a study that measures women’s preference when it comes to size – relatively speaking. They report and graph their findings in the video below. The study shows that “not without limits – there are diminishing returns for size,” and its not all about the penis.
The Australian study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that women considers penis size and a man’s height equally when judging attractiveness, but both exhibit diminishing returns with greater size and are less important than a masculine body type.
Male genitalia evolve quickly. They diversify earlier than other physical traits, with a wide variation in size and shape across the animal kingdom that can reveal a species’ evolutionary pressures. Biologists have puzzled, therefore, over what factors might have caused the human penis to become so large.
The study found that there were “diminishing returns for extreme size, and men with substantially larger-than average features [i.e., penis or other anatomical parts] were not found much more attractive than those with only slightly above-average features.
Women prefer more extreme shoulder-to-hip ratio and tallness but less extreme penis size.
More on the study is covered in a Scientific American article, Bigger Not Always Better for Penis Size, and in the video below.
Australian study video (10 minutes)
There is a point of theoretical peak attractiveness, beyond which women’s ratings will begin to decline. – Brian Mautz, biologist, University of Ottawa
The full-monty reveal
Dr. Diane Kelly reveals plenty that we don’t know about the penis, including that it is a skeleton and has some absolutely fascinating aspects to its anatomy. She gives a great explanation of penis erection, enough to make every man proud and every woman grateful.
“When they function, penises do not wiggle.” – Dr. Diane Kelly
As Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist at New York University said in the Scientific American article, “This research will allow an uncomfortable subject to become a legitimate topic of discussion.”
So we should all strive to advance the conversation.