no single penile aspect is essential for a penis to be considered pretty
July 22, 2015 1:16 PM Subscribe
"There are many age-old questions that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time; where did the universe come from? Is there really a god? What on earth is going on with Donald Trump's hair?Scientists claim they've worked out what makes the perfect penis [NSFW] - The Independent
"But scientists have now answered one of these great unknowns; what makes a good-looking penis?"
The original research cited in the article: Ruppen-Greeff, N. K., Weber, D. M., Gobet, R. and Landolt, M. A. (2015), What is a Good Looking Penis? How Women Rate the Penile Appearance of Men with Surgically Corrected Hypospadias. Journal of Sexual Medicine. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12942
More about the study can be read from the abstract:
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Some men with corrected hypospadias perceive their penile appearance to be abnormal, although health professionals consider these results satisfactory.
The aim of this study was to investigate how relevant women consider single aspects of penile appearance to be. Moreover, we studied whether women perceive hypospadias-affected surgically repaired genitals (HASRGs) to be as normal-looking as circumcised genitals and identified the most relevant predictors that influence whether a penis is perceived as normal.
In this cross-sectional study, 105 women in different age groups (age range: 16–20, 25–30, and 40–45 years) completed a standardized questionnaire.
Main Outcome Measures
Participants had to rate the importance of eight penile aspects and to indicate how normal they found the appearance of standardized photos of 10 HASRGs and of 10 circumcised genitals. Furthermore, they were asked about demographic characteristics and their sexuality.
Results showed that women considered the position and shape of the meatus as the least important penile aspect. Furthermore, results showed that HASRGs with distal hypospadias were perceived to be as normal-looking as circumcised genitals, whereas genitals with more proximal hypospadias were perceived as significantly less normal. However, the difference need not be considered clinically relevant, as the effect size was small. Observer-related predictors of a more positive perception of HASRGs were higher age, higher sexual interest, and perceiving the general cosmetic penile appearance as more important and penile length as less important.
Overall, women were found to consider the “position and shape of the meatus” as the least important penile aspect. These findings may stimulate reflections regarding the relevance of surgical correction of the meatus in minor forms of hypospadias. In addition, this study indicates that women perceived genitals of men with distal operated hypospadias (which represents the majority of hypospadias) to be as normal as nonaffected, circumcised genitals. Ruppen-Greeff NK, Weber DM, Gobet R, and Landolt MA. What is a good looking penis? How women rate the penile appearance of men with surgically corrected hypospadias. J Sex Med **;**:**–**.
From Men's Health: 15 Facts You Didn't Know About Your Penis, by Mike Zimmerman
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