What's penis girth worth?

Originally Published: October 31, 2003 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: December 28, 2009
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Dear Alice,

So what is the average width of a penis? Does bigger the width equal better the pleasure? Just curious!

Sincerely,
Curious Virgin

Dear Curious Virgin,

"It's not how big it is, it's what you do with it..."
"It's not the size of the boat, it's the motion of the ocean..."

"It's not how deep you fish, it's how you wiggle your worm..."
"Don't want no short, short man..."

It's no wonder that with all of the confusing messages out there, you've got questions about what really matters in the end. To answer your first question, according to the Kinsey Institute and other human sexuality researchers, the average penis length is 5.5 - 6.5 inches and the average penis width (circumference) is 4 - 5 inches. After cracking open a geometry book, calculations show that to be a diameter (distance across) of about 1.25 - 1.6 inches, a width about equivalent to an empty roll of scotch tape.

So then to the question of girth and pleasure: many women and men will tell you that it's not so much the length of the penis, but the width that matters in the long run. In many ways, this is true. The majority of the nerves that are stimulated during penetration (both the vaginal and anal varieties) are located close to the entrance of the vagina and anus. This makes length less important and width that much greater a factor since it's the stretching of the vaginal or anal walls that stimulates the nerves. On the other hand, as with penis length, preference for a knockwurst over a hot dog is not universal. Some recipients report a penchant for a leaner penis, commenting that a too-wide member is more difficult to work around than one that's too narrow.

So, does size really matter? Is length the last word on the matter? Or, is width where it's at? Or, some perfect combination of both? And, what about that infamous angle argument? After all is said and done, what matters most to the person on the other end of the equation is not the penis itself, but the skill, caring, and passion of the individual attached to it.

Alice