WASHINGTON – The eternal question of whether penis size matters to women has been probed by a team of international scientists who reported Monday that yes, ladies do find larger men more attractive.
What’s more, prehistoric women who could see the sex organs of their scantily clad male counterparts may have helped influence the evolution of larger genitals in men by choosing to mate with partners who were bigger. Researchers said past studies had offered conflicting answers.
“Since penis size is a sensitive subject, it’s hard to determine whether females lied or ‘self-deceived’ in their responses,” said lead author Brian Mautz at the University of Ottawa.
So they embarked on a new type of study, using computer-generated images of generic male figures with varying heights, body shapes and flaccid penis lengths. A sample of 105 Australian women were asked to view 53 of these life-size robotlike pictures.
The women, all heterosexual, were not told they were participating in a study about penis size. They were simply asked to rate the figures according to sexual attractiveness.
The women rated tall men with long penises as the most attractive. They also tended to gaze longer at the larger men.
But how big is best? On that question, researchers were, er, stumped. “We didn’t find an ideal penis size or height,” Mautz explained. “The attractiveness scores were still increasing at the largest values for these traits.”