• Tue, Apr 9 2013

What Women Want: Broad Shoulders, Big Cocks

statue naked male torso and flaccid penisA new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found “size does matter” to women rating male sexual attractiveness. Asked to assess computer-generated male models who looked similar but varied in height, body type and penis size, women gave higher scores to tall men with broad shoulders and bigger cocks.

“We show that penis size actually is important on some level and, importantly, it interacts with other traits,” said lead researcher Brian Mautz, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Ottawa.

Though everyone’s reporting on this study with snickering headlines about male members (my favorite has to be Gawker: “Science Proves Women Love a Big Ol’ D”), body type was actually most important in terms of who was perceived as hot or not.

To determine this, Mautz and team showed young Australian women life-size, computer generated images of naked men. They had similar hair and faces but different body types , heights and endowments; women were asked to rate each image on a scale of 1 to 7 for overall sexual attractiveness.

Wide shoulders and narrow hips were the biggest determinant of sexual attractiveness. This was followed by height and flaccid penis size, in equal measures.

Penis size had a stronger effect on attractiveness in taller men than in shorter men. There was a similar increase in the positive effect of penis size on attractiveness with a more masculine body shape (i.e., greater shoulder-to-hip ratio).

Mautz is a biologist, so his explanation calls on evolutionary factors. ”Before clothing, the nonretractable human penis would have been conspicuous to potential mates,” note the researchers in the study abstract.

“Our results support the hypothesis that female mate choice could have driven the evolution of larger penises in humans. More broadly, our results show that precopulatory sexual selection can play a role in the evolution of genital traits.”

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  • Lastango

    Shoulders? Really? I always thought it was (as someone I knew put it) “Behinds and bulges”.

  • Hannah

    I’m not shocked.

    • Hannah

      Also, though, I feel like there’s something kind of exclusive and sexist here, but I’m not sure what it is.

    • http://twitter.com/enbrown Elizabeth

      Me too! I thought for a little bit about some sort of opinion or analysis to add here, b/c … something seemed off? But looking at the study, I can’t pinpoint anything *wrong* with it. And it’s just exactly the kind of thing people do with how men feel about women ALL the time. Maybe it’s just annoying in general. Not in the fact that the study was done but in that everyone (seriously: google the study) is only highlighting PENIS SIZE!!! SIZE MATTERS!!!! and not that height mattered equally and body type more. {Then again: That’s what people click on!…}

  • Eileen

    Mmmmm, shoulders. And arms. But I really couldn’t care less how big his flaccid penis is because…well…what does size matter if it’s not erect? I admit that a larger-side-of-average erect penis is appealing, but I’ve been told repeatedly that there’s not necessarily correlation between flaccid size and erect size. Not to mention I’ve seen my fair share of erect penes, but so few flaccid ones (at least attached to adults and not babies who need diaper changing) that I doubt I would even know the “average” size.

  • RichardMahony

    Of course size matters. I’m short and ugly. I was short and ugly when I was young. I’ll be short and ugly when I die. I’m also told I’m in very good physical shape for my age. But so what. Doesn’t alter the fact I’m short and ugly. And hairy. And bald. And short sighted. With one eye closer to my nose than the other. Which are all part and parcel of being ugly of course.

    Life is unfair. Half the populace has an IQ of less than 100. In the USA, that means 150 million humans. If you have an IQ of less than 100, you will likely struggle with high school maths and physics, let alone have no chance of winning a Nobel Prize. Is that unfair? Perhaps. Life is unfair.

    The appeal of the Nazarene’s message was that it is the life after our life on earth that matters. That doing the right thing when on earth mattered more than being happy. With Life Everlasting the consolation for the just and the good, being ugly or stupid wasn’t such a big deal. These days, when so few believe in any sort of afterlife, or even believe that doing what’s right is more important than being happy, it’s understandable that so many women and girly men get upset because, just like me, they’re ugly, stupid and unsuccessful.

  • TJ

    Absolutely disgusting…and dehumanizing to judge someone on something they cannot change.Women often talk of the fact that they are objectified and that so much more is expected of them.You accuse men of judging you on your looks,age,weight etc and from what ive seen on MANY femalecentric sites on this study is pure misandry-with countless comments from women dialing a guy’s worth down to the size of his schlong..with the usual “men judge women all the time”..”men care about big boobs”…”preference this preference tha” just to justify that they tore someone apart on something no guy can change.Evolutionary factors?? another excuse.Sorry its wrong to use “studies”/surveys poor methodology or otherwise to shred anyone from any gender or for propaganda to judge and hurt someone.On the flipside MOST guys love women how they are btw..the idiots (males) who tear women up on their bodies etc are usually the most vocal and they drown out the voices of the majority of guys out there.The lion’s share (trust)will accept a woman undconditionally…the media is the devil..it is elitist and it continues to propagate a unicorn of female beauty that cannot be attained and that MOST guys reject because its plastic,has no soul,is not real and that is the TRUTH!
    In respect.
    tj

  • TheTruth

    Poor World! Poor Earth!