Well here’s the long and the short of it (heh). Apparently, studies of women’s penis size preferences typically have relied on their abstract ratings or selecting amongst 2D, flaccid images. I don’t know why they’d be shown a flaccid penis, as this is about as useless as a penis can be for a woman.
But a new study got women to examine their preferences for erect penis sizes in different relationship contexts amongst 33, 3D models.
Women accurately recall size and prefer penises only slightly larger than average.
Women recalled model size accurately using this method, although they made more errors with respect to penis length than circumference. Women preferred a penis of slightly larger circumference and length for one-time (length = 6.4 inches/16.3 cm, circumference = 5.0 inches/12.7 cm) versus long-term (length = 6.3 inches/16.0 cm, circumference = 4.8 inches/12.2 cm) sexual partners.
These first estimates of erect penis size preferences using 3D models suggest women accurately recall size and prefer penises only slightly larger than average.
Both men and women often have reported discomfort with the appearance of their junk. While not as common of a concern as body weight, muscularity, amount of head hair and body hair, or height, penis size was a concern for 68.3% of 200 men in one study.
The study also pointed out common indicators of size cannot be reliably pulled from things like how long your hand is or how gargantuan your feet may be. It also noted that no diet, pill, or exercise regime affects the size or shape of genitals. So don’t click on those banner popups gentlemen.
While men and women agreed that the “ideal” penis length was longer than what they thought was average, men mistakenly reported that women would find an even longer penis ideal than the women actually did.
The study also went on and noted that women’s preferences could also change based on what they were looking for in a relationship. Women prefer more masculine partners for shorter-term sexual relationships. Women also value intelligence more, and attractiveness less, for long term, as compared to short term, partners.
So if you aren’t packing as much heat but your a fairly intelligent guy, don’t worry about dying alone. As for the other blokes, have fun having one night stands.