Penis Size Envy Is Killing Your Sex Life

Penis Envy Is Killing Your Sex Life

A new study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior (the official publication of the International Academy of Sex Research), surveyed over 4,000 men to ascertain if how they felt about their penises influenced their sex lives. Turns out, 27 percent of the men were unhappy with how their penises looked flaccid, and 19 percent of men were unhappy with how their penises looked erect. A full 14 percent said they weren’t satisfied with their penises overall.

The men’s dissatisfaction with their penises impacted their sex lives: <early 50 percent of men who were satisfied with their penises had sex at least once a week, compared to 39 percent of men who were dissatisfied. Researchers concluded that being embarrassed of one’s penis leads to anxiety in the bedroom, which leads to sex avoidance.

In a separate study, published in the book Jockocracy: Queering Masculinity and Sport, athletes gave interviews detailing their experiences of comparing their own penis sizes to those of other athletes while in the locker room. The research suggests that male athletes often look at each other’s penises as a gauge to see how their own size compares to others, as well as in a more anthropological way of viewing human diversity or to evaluating penis size relative to a player’s ability on the court.

Though penis size appears to have nothing to do with whether or not a player was ranked higher in the team’s social hierarchy (or how they performed on the field), the survey suggested larger penises are still idolized as a symbol of masculinity.

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