How Important Is Penis Size, Actually?

Here’s what science says.

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Men clearly have an obsession with the size of their junk. But just how important is it actually?

According to a new study by researchers at the Australian National University, Monash University, and La Trobe University, the size of your penis is indeed important to women, but only in the context of your overall masculinity, including your height and torso size. Contrary to popular belief, the size of your junk isn’t the only thing women care about. Instead, it’s combination of attractive body parts that ladies are after.

In the study, women were shown a selection of 53 different CGI models of nude male bodies, and were asked to rate them in attractiveness on a 7-point scale. As expected, the figures with the larger-sized members were rated higher compared to those with, uh less robust genitals, and figures that possessed the holy trinity of substantial height, broad shoulders, and a big penis (a.k.a. Greek God status) were rated the highest. No surprise there.

But following the independent manipulation of the torso size, height, and penis size on the figures, the subjects’ responses revealed that the height of a man and the size of his penis ranked about the same when it came to attractiveness points. So short men with big penises and tall men with little members are more or less equally hot. We’re all winners here. 

Following the beliefs of evolutionary biologists over the past 150 years, lead researcher Brian Mautz suggests that female preference has the power to shape the evolution of male traits, meaning that the current average penis size is all thanks women. So if the ladies like well-endowed men, well-endowed men the world shall get.

However, it’s important to note that the study only used CGI figures and not real men, so some might argue that it’s not an accurate representation of the male body. The women weren’t able to determine if the CGI man had kind eyes, a witty sense of humor, or a loaded bank account while judging his attractiveness, so take these findings with a grain of salt. You’re so much more than just your penises, gentlemen.