The average American man's penis is 5. The study, published online July 10 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, is relatively consistent with the results of prior surveys of penis size. Penis size has been the subject of dozens of studies, as well as countless urban legends, myths and spam emails.
In a boring, homogeneous world, guys everywhere would have the same hair, the same body, the same dick. And every woman would have the same shape, and their vaginas would be the same size and color. But figuring out who in your family tree you can thank or scream at for the size of your penis is far trickier. For the first seven weeks of fetal development, both male and female fetuses look the same, complete with nondescript sexual organs. That said, according to Paduch, most men in a family do tend to share a similar dick length and shape. Kind of like how if your father is tall, you will more than likely be tall as well. Dormant genes also are passed down from generation to generation, which is why some short parents can end up with a tall kid, while others have a redheaded child when neither Mom nor Dad has red hair. Our genes may provide a roadmap for our traits and features, but as with any road trip, you should always prepare for the unexpected. Research by scientists at the University of Edinburgh has found that penis length is predetermined by hormones during a certain time frame early in fetal development. Unfortunately, however, it can decrease size.
A few months ago, I had a round of these conversations with the usual suspects in my life. Think of it as a dick Overton window: a continuum of acceptability, but in this case, one that varies from person to person. Boyfriend dicks have a measurable component, of course, but not a consistent one. Vaginas vary in depth and sensitivity just like penises vary in length and shape, and where some women may enjoy the mix of pleasure and pain she gets when someone hung repeatedly bashes into her cervix, others want nothing to do with it. For the first group of women, a inch monster looks like a Christmas gift wrapped up in a pair of boxer-briefs. What really makes a boyfriend dick is a holistic evaluation of the situation at hand. But as much as American sexual norms have evolved over the past several decades, one stubborn idea remains relatively unchanged: When it comes to dicks, bigger is better. The accepted wisdom states that average penises are fine but big penises are greatly preferable.
Ah, men. We're a simple creature sometimes. And we're never simpler than when we're thinking about size.