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Secret’s out: Our penises are smaller than we say

Isn't it time we stop talking about size?
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Bobby Box, July 19, 2013 2:11:27 PM

A new study by Debby Herbenick and her colleagues at Indiana University found that the average American man’s penis is 5.6 inches; not eight inches, as women are commonly told when our junk is properly concealed. The study—published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine on July 10—questioned 1,661 men to measure their penis’s length and girth for custom-fit condoms.

The survey was conducted online, when most men have their penises out anyways.

The results found that, of those surveyed, the smallest penis was 1.6 inches long, the biggest was 10.2 inches long, and the average penile girth was around 4.8 inches.

The study also found that using different methods to achieve an erection affected its size. Men who became erect through oral sex reported a larger penis size on average than those who achieved arousal by self-masturbation. (Note to self: Keep in mind when taking nudes.)

Type the beginning of any sentence concerning size of anything in Google search. Odds are a popular search will appear concerning one’s penis size and whether or not it’s of average length. Besides the fact that most women report girth as the most effective “O” generator, not measuring up to the norm causes many men great grief, and is the source of many of our insecurities. Although numerous studies have been conducted to discover the average size, it’s always tough to determine whether these results are concrete, as men often provide lies to cushion our egos.

Backing her study’s legitimacy, Herbernick told Psychology Today that “men didn’t have any reason to lie to us. In fact, unlike most previous studies of self-reported penis size, they had good reason to report accurate data to us because we were using their size data to match them to a condom that was sized to fit their erect penis.” Then comforted those less fortunate in measure. “Research on sexual satisfaction tends to suggest that other factors (such as intimacy, affection, and psychological connection) are more important than a person’s genital size. That doesn’t mean that genital size is never important to some people, but it does suggest that human qualities—and qualities about how people interact with each other emotionally and psychologically—are among the more important aspects of human sexuality.”

As men, we often measure our worth and masculinity by our penis size, which is why we make fun of dudes with flashy cars or massive muscles; we assume they’re compensating for something smaller. But do we know that for sure? Of course not, it just makes us feel better. (Interesting fact: Only six per cent of men need extra large condoms, meaning they measure over eight inches.) Like bra size with women, men lie to appear more attractive to potential suitors. You stuff, double up, or don push-up bras. Men steal photos from the Internet, make sure the pubic hair matches our own, and send women a picture of some Porn Star’s penis, (porn being, quite possibly, the primary source of these insecurities). But, if successful with our lies, the truth eventually exposes itself when the two of you disrobe, sneak disappointed glances, and decide to sleep together anyway.

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