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Name: Why Are Penises in Older Paintings So Small Compared to Today?
Authors: Felton, James
Published Date: 7 Mar. 2023
Indexed Date: 7 Apr. 2024
Web Link: https://www.iflscience.com/why-are-penises-in-older-paintings-so-small-compared-to-today-67850
Index Status: Complete
Original Language: English
Citation: Felton, James. “Why Are Penises in Older Paintings So Small Compared to Today?.” IFLScience, 7 Mar. 2023, https://www.iflscience.com/why-are-penises-in-older-paintings-so-small-compared-to-today-67850

Summary

A study examined the depiction of human penis size in paintings over seven centuries, finding that the size portrayed has increased significantly, especially in the 20th century. The researchers measured the penis-to-ear/nose ratio in paintings and suggested that the widespread use of the internet, exposure to media, and pornography may have influenced the perception of ideal penis size.