The size of a man's penis - whether it's big, small or 'normal' continues to be a topic that grabs our attention. So it's fascinating that a man with a small penis is perfectly happy to proclaim that yes, he's exceptionally shortchanged in the downstairs area and yes, he's alright with it.
Nick Gilronan, a 27-year-old UPS Store worker, who won Brooklyn's smallest penis contest told the Gothamist website that: "The size of a man's penis does not matter for who he is as a person or in a relationship."
Hear, hear. The fact is, chaps, is that Nick is right - penis size is not the most important thing to a woman. Tracey Cox, sex expert has long since been an advocate of that. She said to HuffPost UK Lifestyle: "If you are worried about penis size, you should know that most women learn very quickly, that if a guy has a big penis he’s not going to be much good at sex because he thinks that's enough, and he doesn't need to try."
According to the New York Post, a crowd of about 100 watched New York City native Gilronan match members with five other contestants, including a 55-year-old from Minnesota who called himself "Rip van Dinkle."
The competition included a swimwear round of "skimpy mesh mankinis" and a Q&A. Best of all, when Gilronan was proclaimed the champ and was handed $200, Elton John's Tiny Dancer was playing. Gilronan is currently single but said he'd like to sue the prize money towards a date.
Talking to The Gothamist about whether small penises have a bad rep, he said: "Yes. That's the media's fault, I think. For both men and women, they push out images of people who just aren't regular normal people. The size of a man's penis does not matter for who he is as a person or in a relationship... Some people let that false sense of body image upset them and they shouldn't be upset at all. Even worse, some people use those false standards and judge other people. It's disconcerting."
Recently, HuffPost UK Lifestyle ran a feature on a study that set out the average penis size for a man. However since then, Netdoctor has refuted the official 6.5 inches, as the study was carried out with men measuring themselves.
"So many males don't know where to measure from," the site said, "or use inaccurate rules or ancient tape measures. In reality, the mean length of the erect penis appears to be only about 5.88 inches (14.9 centimetres), which is considerably less than the 'old' measurement."
Earlier on HuffPost:
The penis of the African elephant is not just the largest of any land animal -- it's also prehensile. Here's an elephant displaying his gigantic appendage at the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
The blue whale has the largest penis of any living organism at an average length of 8 to 10 feet. Here's the preserved, dried tip of a blue whale penis on display at the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Echidnas are not only extraordinary for being among the last surviving monotremes (a branch of mammals that lay eggs), but also for having weird, four-headed penises. Here's the penis of a Tasmanian echidna.
Here's the crazy corkscrew-shaped penis of <em>Cairina moschata</em>, also known as the Aylesbury duck, which is a breed of domesticated duck.
The penis of a humpback whale is normally concealed within the animal's genital slit until it is extruded. This video shows the penis of a humpback whale near Ha'apai in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Southern Right Whale
The ginormous testicles of right whales actually rival those of blue whales, and are among the largest of any animal. This video shows a rare Southern Right Whale mating group.
Alligators sport permanently erect penises, according to recent research. Here is video of a dissected alligator's penis that snaps into mating position when the pelvic nerve is tugged.
Young female hyenas produce hormones that cause the clitoris to swell, resulting in a large "psuedo-penis." Skip to 1:23 in the video for a better look.
Relative to body size, barnacles have the longest penis of any animals. Here, a video shows the penis in action.
The tapir also has one of the highest penis-to-body size ratios. Here's a video to see the tapir penis for yourself.
Mating is painful for female cats. It's not the biting that hurts -- it's the male's penis, which has over 100 tiny barbs. Here is video of how a cat's barbed penis works.
The equivalent of a penis in snakes and lizards is the hemipenis, which is kept inverted within the body until needed. Here's the hemipenis of a crested gecko (<em>Rhacodactylus ciliatus</em>), which hails from southern New Caledonia, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean.
The penis of an orb-web spider detaches after sex. Here's a view of the detachable penis (left); a male without one is on the right.
With all those violent-looking spikes, the penis of <em>Callosobruchus maculatus</em>, or Bruchid beetle, is pretty scary. Here's a close-up look.
The penis of the freshwater <em>Gambusia quadruncus</em>, also known as a Llanos Mosquitofish, has four hooks with which to grab females. Here's a magnified view of the genitalia.