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17th Apr 2016

This new study says penis size DOES affect how attractive women find men

The more you know

Ben Kenyon

This is not what we wanted to hear.

New research coming out of Australia suggests that penis size does have an influence on how attractive men are to women.

While we were hit with research recently that said height was a huge factor in attractiveness, this new study from the Australian National University found that the size of your member was equally important.

However, the one thing even more important to women than these two factors is actually torso shape.

Researchers basically projected 3D computer-generated images of 343 different men onto a wall to test how variations in torso, height and penis size influenced the perceived ‘attractiveness’ to women.

The 105 young Australian women in the study then gave a rating of one to seven to each of the males in the images.

The scientists behind the study believe comparing variants which are known to influence attractiveness (like torso and height) with flaccid penis size would determine once and for all whether size really matters.

The results were pretty unanimous, with the more well endowed models scoring the higher ratings.

Penis size

What won’t surprise you is the men who were taller and had more muscular physiques scored even higher in the test, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It found that women indeed prefer larger penises – certainly up to 5.1 inches (13cm) flaccid.

Interestingly, beyond 2.99 inches, the extra attractiveness points per length started to wane.

Why is this good news? Well, according to a 2001 Italian study, that particular length was considered ‘below average’.

The results suggested that a larger penis helped taller men the most, which maybe has something to do with looking in proportion.

Sadly larger genitals didn’t seem to help the shorter men pictured in the study, according to the Huffington Post.

Scientists reckon this could help explain why humans have abnormally large genitals compared to their average size, when compared to gorillas and other large primates.

Despite weighing 400lbs, gorillas only have erections measuring 1.5 inches on average – whereas this study found that the average size for male humans appears to be just over 5 inches.

Evolutionary biologists believe this could be because females were drawn to males with larger genitals in the days before clothes arrived on the scene – leading to big penis genes being passed down the generations.