When will we stop saying “dick”?
In a new study, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that when it comes to gender and how people think of it, men are often more accurate than women about their genitalia.
In the study, which was published online Monday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers asked participants to imagine an image of a penis and compare their answer to the response given to an image depicting an uncircumcised penis.
Researchers found that women were more accurate in their perceptions of the size of the uncircumsulated penis than men were.
But this difference wasn’t a big deal for those who were told that the uncut penis was larger than the circumcised one.
In fact, the average difference between men and women was only 2.8 percent.
For those who thought of the penis as larger, the difference was an average of 7.6 percent.
“If we assume that people’s perceptions of their genitals are generally more accurate, then it appears that men are likely to be less accurate than they would be otherwise,” said study lead author Rebecca Hines, an assistant professor of sociology at UCLA.
Hines and her colleagues also found that people were more likely to perceive the size and shape of the circumcised penis to be larger than to be smaller.
For example, when people were told a picture of a circumcised penis, they were more apt to believe that it was more than twice the size than when they were told an uncut image.
But when people saw a penis that looked like an uncured one, they only perceived it to be slightly larger than an uncorrected version.
In a follow-up experiment, researchers showed participants an uncurated image of the same size and then a penis image of comparable length, but with a different color.
In both cases, participants rated the penis to have been smaller.
Researchers speculate that people may use the size difference as a signal to men that they should not get excited about penis size and therefore should be careful when trying to have sex with them.
This means that if the people in the study were given an uncrated penis and asked what they would do if they were asked to touch it, they might not think that they are getting the same attention.
“We think that’s a really important point, because it might help us understand why men are sometimes less accurate in interpreting their partner’s genitalia,” Hines said.
“I think it could help explain why, for example, women are often less likely to understand the importance of their partners’ sexual preferences.”