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Penis size interacts with body shape and height to influence male attractiveness

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2013
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Title
Penis size interacts with body shape and height to influence male attractiveness
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2013
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1219361110
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Authors

B. S. Mautz, B. B. M. Wong, R. A. Peters, M. D. Jennions

Abstract

Compelling evidence from many animal taxa indicates that male genitalia are often under postcopulatory sexual selection for characteristics that increase a male's relative fertilization success. There could, however, also be direct precopulatory female mate choice based on male genital traits. Before clothing, the nonretractable human penis would have been conspicuous to potential mates. This observation has generated suggestions that human penis size partly evolved because of female choice. Here we show, based upon female assessment of digitally projected life-size, computer-generated images, that penis size interacts with body shape and height to determine male sexual attractiveness. Positive linear selection was detected for penis size, but the marginal increase in attractiveness eventually declined with greater penis size (i.e., quadratic selection). Penis size had a stronger effect on attractiveness in taller men than in shorter men. There was a similar increase in the positive effect of penis size on attractiveness with a more masculine body shape (i.e., greater shoulder-to-hip ratio). Surprisingly, larger penis size and greater height had almost equivalent positive effects on male attractiveness. Our results support the hypothesis that female mate choice could have driven the evolution of larger penises in humans. More broadly, our results show that precopulatory sexual selection can play a role in the evolution of genital traits.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 21 4%
Germany 12 2%
United Kingdom 8 1%
Brazil 7 1%
Spain 6 1%
Japan 6 1%
Canada 5 <1%
France 4 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
Other 31 5%
Unknown 491 83%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 168 28%
Researcher 126 21%
Student > Master 75 13%
Student > Bachelor 58 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 35 6%
Other 133 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 270 45%
Psychology 59 10%
Unspecified 43 7%
Medicine and Dentistry 37 6%
Chemistry 24 4%
Other 162 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 963. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 May 2019.
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#161
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