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Sizing Up the Man: the Importance of Penis Size to Men

Sizing Up the Man: the Importance of Penis Size to Men

The second approach was a web-based survey of Australian men. Demographic data, perception of size, genital image and body image data, and penis enhancement information were collected. Data were analysed using SPSS. The quantitative study was used to test and further explore the issues reported in the qualitative study. Results from the qualitative study indicated that the penis and penis size was important to their construction of identity and body image. The penis plays a significant role in men’s lives—and not just as a sexual organ.

The initial results of an Australia-wide internet study of men (N = 421) exploring the issue of penis size and men’s body image showed that aproximately half of the sample indicated they perceived themselves to have an average length penis and nearly a quarter perceived their penis to be larger than average. Yet, 79% indicated their flaccid size was not their ideal with 76% stating their flaccid length had a degree of importance. Seventy-seven percent reported their erect length did not match their ideal and 86% indicated their erect length was important to varying degrees. Forty-three percent of men indicated they had thought of lengthening surgery. Further results indicate age, sexual identity and genital image were predictors of body image.

Results of this study support cultural research that penis size is important to men. Men’s understanding of the penis in their lives changes over the life course yet remains salient to identity construction. The high number of men dissatisfied with their penis is important to understand men’s reluctance to expose their genitals in medical encounters. These initial results suggest that when we examine aspects of body image we need to consider the penis and genital image.

Conference: AOFS2014
Areas of Interest / Categories: Asia Oceania Federation of Sexology 2014

Asia Oceania Federation of Sexology 2014

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