Guys, we finally know what the average penis size is

Often a joke amongst women and a topic of serious contention among men, penis size has been a source of paranoia for much of the…

A new study tells us what the average penis size is. (Shutterstock)

Often a joke amongst women and a topic of serious contention among men, penis size has been a source of paranoia for much of the male population. Now, thanks to research from Great Britain and the voluntary participation of more than 15,000 males, we finally have a better answer to the question: “What is average penis size?”

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And that answer is:

When erect, the average penis size is 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length, and 11.66cm (4.6 inches) around. When flaccid, the average penis size is 9.16cm (3.6 inches) in length and 9.31cm (3.7 inches) around. According to the data, only 2.28 percent of the male population actually has a smaller-than-normal penis, and the same percentage has a larger-than-normal penis.

Like previous research, no link between penis size and race/ethnicity was found, though most participants were of European and Middle Eastern descent. There was also no correlation between the size of a man’s foot and the length of his penis.

The data is being used to construct a penis size graph doctors can use to help men who have small penis syndrome, a anxiety disorder where a man is convinced he is incapable of pleasing a woman via intercourse because he’s “too small.”

So why is penis size such a hot topic?

If most men are average and normal when it comes to penis size, it seems strange that so many are still insecure. According to experts, this often has to do with personal sexual experiences, but it also has to do with the culture surrounding sex in the modern word. Pornography, for example, has set unrealistic ideals for many men, and because the overwhelming majority of men across the world watch porn, it’s easy for them to view the minor percentage of well-endowed male porn stars as the “norm.”

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“A lot of critics, not just conservatives, really emphasize the sense in which pornography creates unrealistic expectations of bodies, of organs, of pleasures, of desires, et cetera,” Whitney Strub, assistant professor at Temple University said in an interview. “And it basically creates this new sort of oppressively hypersexual normativity that really works against almost everyone because nobody can live up to it, and most people don’t necessarily desire to participate in some of the acts porn is mainstreaming.”

Researchers hope this larege-scale study will put some men’s minds at ease regarding penis size; however, it is equally important for women or other male partners to be supportive of their lover’s size. Negative comments, even if said in jest, can make a significant impact on a man’s self-esteem, especially if they feel it is difficult to bring their partner to climax. For women especially, sex isn’t always about physical sensation. Research suggests women need more mental stimulation for orgasm, regardless of their partner’s penis size.