Does size really matter? This age old argument, not from the drawing room, but from locker rooms to barrooms, to girls night out finally has the beginning of a real scientific answer.
Women definitely do prefer men with bigger members.
“Science,” the publication of record for the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) published recent study results in the April issue concerning the big question of whether penis size matters to potential mates.
But while penis size definitely is a factor, it is an, ahem, rather small factor. Surveys of females find that for some the length is important, while for others it is the width and still other highly discerning ladies insist that it doesn’t matter.
Since anecdotal reports are always suspect in science and in this instance particularly they obviously could be swayed by other factors, brave researchers led by Brian Mautz, who was then at the Australian National University in Acton, decided to conduct objective tests by asking women which images they found most attractive and varying the images only by the size of the male member.
The study was constructed based on measurements of Italian men which were used to create 343 computer generated images varying in penis size as well as other commonly cited traits including height and the ratio of shoulders to hips.
The survey process consisted of showing life size images of 53 random male figures to a group of 105 women (age, marital status, and recent social activities not reported.) The women were asked to rate the images on a scale of 1 to 7 as a measure of their sexual attractiveness.
(Other possible factors such as age, income level, personality, intelligence, and sports car ownership were not tested shown.)
As probably suspected by most people, the rating increased with penis size, although surprisingly enough it wasn’t a direct increase so to speak the data had a “kink” in the middle range.
Here are the results as quoted in the article:The first thing we found was that penis size influences male attractiveness,” Mautz says. “There’s a couple of caveats to that, and the first is that the relationship isn’t a straight line.” Rather than the attractiveness rating consistently improving with each jump in penis size, the team found what Mautz calls “an odd kink in the middle.” Attractiveness increased quickly until flaccid penis length reached 7.6 centimeters (about 3 inches) and then began to slow down, the team reports online today [April 8] in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Yes, size definitely still matters although it just isn’t limited to the size of the male member a tall, well-proportioned male figure with a small penis rated higher than a short man with a larger member.
Details abound in the report’s conclusions. For example, a 6 ft tall male figure with a 3 inch flaccid member was rated average by the group of women but a 6 inch shorter man requires a 4.5 inch penis to get the same rating.
All this raises the question of evolution and whether women have been breeding (consciously or unconsciously) for men with larger penises.