Since the dawn of history, men have been prone to judge their manliness — and that of their peers — on the size of their family jewels. All else being equal, a man with a hefty tool may be seen as more virile and a better sexual partner than his compatriots of more modest penis size. Yet, while popuar wisdom has it that a nine-inch member is the ideal to aspire to, numerous studies have been shown that the average man falls far short of this mark.

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In fact, research conducted in the late 1990s and early 2000s found that the flaccid penis of men, on average, is a mere 3.5 inches in length, and an erect penis is typically 5-6 inches, with a circumference of 4-5 inches when fully erect.

The Facts About What Women Think

Ignoring the male obsession with size for a moment, as well as the research data, what do women really think? Is the length and girth of a member a deciding factor in whether she decides to engage with him? Or is it all in his head? The following five research-based facts shed some light on this issue.


Most women prefer a wider penis to a longer tool. This is attributed to the fact that, prior to childbirth, the female vagina is typically between 3 to 4 inches in length, and most of the nerve endings of a vagina are contained within the first 3 inches. With this in mind, a man who falls in the small-to-average is more than adequate to stimulate his female partner.


Women predominately think a penis that is 4 to 6 inches in length is ideal in size.


Most women prefer a penis that is easily held when erect, and they think that a penis of more than 5.5 inches in circumference is getting too large. On the other hand, one under 4 inches in girth was a bit too small.


Most women confessed that they had trouble determining the size of a penis visually. In fact, on most occasions, the women on one research team thought the penises were actually larger than they were measured.


If a man is of normal dimensions, it seems that he has nothing to worry about. While there are a few women who have an obsession with penis size, they are in the vast minority. Rather, most women indicate that they prefer a member that appears healthy. A penis with smooth, unblemished skin and a youthful appearance is more likely to appeal to any partner, regardless of its length or girth.