Penis size measure by Lifestyles.
This has been a big week for penis news. A recent industry study reported that Indian men (and presumably us) require smaller condoms. This, of course, is a compromised study in that it’s comparing a commercial standard to ‘reality’, not reality to reality. However, it is something. Human Sexuality is in many ways a subject where the ‘light don’t shine’. There’s a huge dearth of study into the subject and many researchers run into more controversy than funding. However, the condom issue (especially high failures like 20% in India) makes it a matter of public policy. The Indian study looks pretty solid and interesting. There are definitely height differences between races, so penis differences seems possible. What that means, however, is something else.
I first saw this in the BBC, but their report was total shit. They said that Indian penises are 3-5 cm shorter than ‘international standards’ while purposefully omitting what those standards are. Squeamishness or whatever, but it’s an incomplete report. The original Times of India report is much better. It reads,
“As per international standards, most condoms are 150 mm to 180 mm in length and 44 to 56 mm in width. But data collected in Mumbai till 2001 showed that 60% of the participants measured 126 to 156 mm in length and 30% between 100 and 125 mm,”said a city researcher, pointing out that there was a difference of at least 5 cm in length.
I don’t understand centimeters, so I’ll take the Wired translation – ‘The penises of 6 in 10 Indian men measured were 5-6.1 inches long, and 30 percent were between 3.9 and 4.9 inches.’
Condoms, on the other hand, are designed for penises 5.9 to 7 inches long, which is far from the Indian average. In fact, according to the survey, 90% of Indian penises are less than 6.1 inches, making larger ones quite rare. It should be noted that American men may also not fit into condoms, and thus the penises could be the same. This study didn’t compare penis to penis. However, the high failure rate among Indians makes that seem unlikely. Indians probably are ‘lacking’ in the lingam area, and Sri Lankans prolly as well.
The meaning of this, of course, is questionable. Penis size has had different value throughout time, though it now seems to be considered important. The Wikipedia article has a comprehensive round-up, but it seems that many women do value penis size, though they also claim to be content with their partners piece. Honestly, penis size seems to be most discussed among men, and size matters more to gay men than to anyone else. For the average guy I’d say that a healthy pocketbook is more important any day.