I was a little disappointed that no one added any predictions to my last column and cartoon. Even if you’re not a psychic (note: psychics are welcome here), I was looking forward to some smart ideas! Anyone?
Now that we’re into the New Year for good, no turning back, I thought it was time to revisit the question on a lot of people’s (men’s) minds: Does size really matter?
On a hike in Griffith Park, I was telling a male friend about a breakup with a boyfriend, who was going through a life crisis of career and family issues. My friend ignored everything I had just said about my ex, and immediately said, “You broke up because he wasn’t big enough?”
Heehee! Well, maybe there was a teeny tiny bit of sexual incompatibility in my decision to breakup, but it had nothing to do with penis size.
But let’s go deeper. I turned to Cosmo first, of course: New Study Shows Women Prefer Larger Pensises – Does Penis Size Matter? (This is actually an article that doesn’t make much sense, but I couldn’t resist pointing out the spelling. :)) The takeaway:
In fact, what was actually most attractive to women was a guy’s height, as well as his shoulder-to-hip ratio, which accounted for 79.6 percent of the deviation within the attractiveness scale.
This is true. Tall men with normal or broader shoulders are very attractive. (Wider than his hips, at least.)
Obviously, I then had to balance this with an opinion from Playboy, in their category Hard Science.
Consider this: In an online survey of nearly 26,000 straight men, 45 percent reported being dissatisfied with their penises…. It is very rare for men to worry that they might be too large—in fact, just two-tenths of 1% [of the respondents].
Playboy goes on to say:
The conclusions of a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE are likely to comfort many men. It turns out that women’s preferred penis size is actually pretty close to average.
Sometimes the comments on articles are the best part: