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Exactly how large is a large penis?

This article is not original, but certainly of interest to those of us who are confused by the graphically enhanced pictures and the common references to huge penises on the net. Here's some reality.

We all know that men are supposed to worry endlessly about penis size. In popular mythology a small organ is still thought to signal a totally inadequate lover. All the best books tell us that this idea is absurd, yet the notion persists. But aside from the way it affects one's ability as a lover, size does add something to the way we see ourselves, as well as the way others perceive us. Rarely do you hear of anyone seeking a way to reduce their penis size!

So, what can we say of penis size? Exactly how big is the big- and how big is the biggest? One problem is who is to do the measuring. If men measure their own organs they are likely to exaggerate the results... and it is not an area in which there are abundant objective surveys. And women too may exaggerate the size of a particular penis in their acquaintance. Walter (of My Secret Life) demonstrated this clearly enough: a woman spoke of a penis as being 7 in. long or even more - yet the "very large penis" measured by Walter turned out to be significantly less than 7 inches.

Truly large penises are rare, thus much harder to document. It's worth noting that AVERAGE penis lengths are far better documented. A number of reputable researchers have reported that the average is between 5-1/4 and 6" long, measured from the pubic base along the top of the penis. Once you get above or below this range, the number of men who are found in each succeeding 1" step up or down drops dramatically; a true 8" penis is quite rare. We don't know if pumpers were included in these surveys... Probably Not!

According to Wardell B. Pomeroy, the Kinsey co-worker, the longest penis encountered in their studies was ten inches. This figure accords quite well with the results of the special Forum survey into penis size. In this careful and detailed survey, published in 1970, the largest penis was found to be 9 in. in erection, hardly able to compete with the vast organs of pornographic fiction. In an earlier inter-racial survey, Dr. Jacobs' 1935 publication - "L'Ethnologie du Sens Genitale", larger dimensions were recorded. In this survey, organs nearly 12 in. in length are reported. Of all penis sizes quoted in the literature the largest is unquestionably the 14 in. erect organ mentioned by Dr. David Reuben in "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex". But as no source is quoted- perhaps we should not take too much notice of this figure. The largest well attested penises would seem to be between ten and twelve inches in the erect state, and this range would be so rare as to be statistically irrelevant.

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