It is not uncommon to hear women speculate about men’s member after sizing up their broad shoulders or scoffing at their dainty hands. Few days ago, some women were caught off guard, while looking at a group of men at an occasion and using their height, body size and even their wrist size as a yardstick for how endowed they would be below the belt.
But sincerely, there is no evidence to show that there are correlations between a man’s twigs and berries with the size of his extremities, or his height, or even his race?
In a 2002 study conducted at the University College London, researchers wanted to know if a man’s shoe size correlated with the length of his unit. Measuring 104 men’s feet was easy; measuring their penises was not. That’s because there is no perfect way to measure a man’s penis. Should length be measured when it’s flaccid, stretched, or erect? Most men would probably want their penises to be measured when they are erect; but not all erections are created equal.
In this study, and in many others that measure penis length, the researchers stretched the penis with a defined amount of force to determine how long it could get. This gives a pretty good indication of how long the penis would be when fully erect. (You can also inject a hormone into the penis to make it fully erect, but the idea of a needle near a penis makes for very few volunteers.). The result of this study, to the relief of all size seven shoe-wearing males, was that “there is no scientific support for the relationship” between the size of shoe and length of penis.
Another study, which looked at body height in addition to foot length, had similar results.
Researchers at University of Alberta measured the height, shoe size, and stretched penile length of 63 healthy men. They found that body height and foot length were only weakly correlated with the size of their penis and that “height and foot size would not serve as practical estimators of penis length.” However, the issue of height is not so clearly resolved.
In 2002, a group of Greek researchers measured the body compositions, including height, weight, waist/hip ratio, finger length and penis length of 52 men, aged 19-38. They found that age and body characteristics were not associated with size of penis except for the “index finger length, which correlated significantly with the dimensions of the flaccid, maximally stretched penis.” Another study—this one with 1500 men—found that length of index finger was significantly correlated with penis dimensions.
As with correlating height to penis size, we could probably use a few more studies on this subject, but there is evidence that finger length may have something to do with hormones, which have something to do with growth of a penis. Researchers have speculated that the ratio of index finger to ring finger can provide clues to how much testosterone a fetus is exposed to in the uterus. Longer index fingers may be a proxy to higher amounts of testosterone in the womb, and therefore, larger penises.
What is the point of this study? It is not necessarily to debunk notions of shoe and penis size; it is to get an accurate assessment of what is “normal.” Many men worry about the size of their penis. Almost 12 percent of men are concerned that their penis is too small, but anxiety over a small penis is somewhat unfounded.
Most men fall within a normal range of penis size, which, according to the Kinsey Institute, a center that studies sex, gender, and reproduction, is between five to seven inches when erect. Men have a built-in system for turning a small, flaccid penis into a larger one; it is called an erection. And, while men stress over the length of their units, most women are actually concerned with girth.
Though women may like to speculate on the size of things, and none of this may be based on solid research, a man’s penis size isn’t everything. It has nothing to do with his virility. Most women are satisfied with their partner’s penis. Although bigger sometimes feels better, there is one urban legend that all men can take to heart: it’s not the size of the ship, it’s the motion of the ocean.