Guys aren’t insecure about their… dicks after all.
This is according to a new report – titled “Sexual Functioning and Behavior of Men with Body Dysmorphic Disorder Concerning Penis Size Compared with Men Anxious about Penis Size and with Controls: A Cohort Study” – that counters the long-standing belief that most men are unhappy with their penis size.
For this study, which will appear in the October 2017 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers from the University of California (Thomas W. Gaither, Isabel E. Allen, E. Charles Osterberg, Amjad Alwal, Catherine R. Harris, and Benjamin N. Breyer) recruited 4,198 male participants between the ages of 18-65 (a mix of single and partnered men; with 75% identifying to be straight, while 4% identified as homosexual).
The highlights of the study included:
- 58% claiming to be satisfied with their penis length during erection
- 61% claiming satisfaction with girth
- 59% claiming satisfaction with the size of their testicles
- 52% claiming satisfaction with the size of genital veins
- 47% satisfied with scent (44% neutral)
- 57% good with amount of semen discharged
- 64% good with shape of their glans
- 57% liked the shape of their curvature
- 60% were good with texture of their wood
It may be worth highlighting that many were not satisfied with their penises when flaccid, i.e.:
- 39% were satisfied
- 19% were dissatisfied
- 34% were neutral
Why is this study relevant, you ask?
According to the researchers, behavioral scientists have long been aware of the link between male self-esteem and psychological health. In the study, for instance, they found that “penetrative vaginal sex (85.2 vs. 89.5 %) and receptive oral intercourse (61.0 vs. 66.2 %) were reported less by dissatisfied men.”
Gay and bi men have also been noted to have a higher degree of body image issues when compared to their straight counterparts, so that a closer look at what could affect self-esteem is warranted.