Penis size does matter

FROM Medieval codpieces to the penis gourds worn by the males of New Guinea, men have persistently sought ways of emphasising this particular aspect of their masculinity.

Now researchers from the Australian National University have confirmed those efforts were not in vain.

More than 100 women, aged 19–33, were asked to view, from different angles, life-sized computer-generated images of men that differed in body-shape, height and flaccid penis size and to rate their attractiveness as sexual partners.

The standard response time was just three seconds – although this dropped when the images contained a man with a smaller penis.

The study found highly significant positive linear effects of shoulder-to-hip ratio, with weaker but significant selection on height and penis size.

But the scientists were unable to answer another key question: exactly how big is best?

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