Whenever I read an M/M romance and the author waxes eloquent about penis size I wonder how much this matters to the readers. Do you really care if a guy is hung like a horse? I reviewed a book a few months ago where the protagonists had giant balls, cock and ass and I asked myself why the author considered this to be important. I can understand why those of you who read porn [not me, not me!!!] love every detail about girth, length, bulging veins, giant heads (the little head, not the big one :-D) etc. etc. but do M/M romance readers get off on this too?
Some men may want to know exact measurements for this morning, afternoon and evening “delight” to see how they stack up. Many studies have been conducted over the years and I remember reading one in Cosmopolitan magazine several years ago which broke the numbers down from the smallest to the largest and then by race, which was very interesting, but that’s another post. 🙂 In terms of perceptions, is bigger always better? In actual experience, probably not. Here’s a factoid for you from Wiki
When compared to other primates, including large primates such as the gorilla, the male human genitalia are remarkably large. The human penis is both longer and thicker than that of any other primate both in absolute terms and in relative size to the rest of the body. While results vary across studies, the consensus is that the mean human penis is approximately 12.9–15 cm (5.1–5.9 in) in length with a 95% confidence interval of (10.7 cm, 19.1 cm) (or, equivalently, 4.23 in, 7.53 in). The typical girth or circumference is approximately 12.3 cm (4.85 in) when fully erect. The mean penis size is slightly greater than the median size. Contrary to popular belief, there is no scientific relation between penis size and race. (The Cosmo study disputes this last statement.)
Wiki went on to show pictures of flaccid and erect penises which indicated that there are large differences between the two states but I thought that one penis a day (see the one on the left) was about all you could take. 😀 BTW, if you look carefully at the picture it is quite deceptive. My co-author of this post, John, made this comment that I thought I would share –
“I personally haven’t been with any exceptionally endowed men. Probably the biggest was around 7.5 inches long and quite thick. A mouthful and then some. I met up with him in an adult bookstore and didn’t do anything other than suck, me sucking him. I guess I’m a slut according to Rick Reed’s recent post. 🙂 Well, former slut. I haven’t been to an adult bookstore in a couple of years.”
So what do you really want/need to know about cocks in M/M romances and gay fiction? Bear in mind these are just questions and this post is not intended to inhibit or influence authors, but to get the opinions of readers as they drink their morning java or have a morning “delight” :-D.
Do you think an author should give the exact inches (or centimeters) of the protagonists? Or should s/he describe the penis, cock, dick (pick one) in more general terms? How about –
“a long tube of flesh pulsing in his gym shorts.”
“His cock was long and thick and dripping with precum.'”
“It’s size lived up to my dreams.”
“As he f**ked, I almost felt as though his cock would come out my mouth, it was so long.”
I could go on but you get the idea. 🙂
In the gay porno paperbacks that my co-author John likes, length is quite often stated in exact dimensions: The 10 inch quarterback, the 12 inch linebacker, the 15 inch first baseman, etc. However, in M/M romances should cock size be left up to the imagination? Something along these lines might work:
“Long, thick, throbbing, spurting ………….. (you can add the rest )
So what is your preference readers – does size really matter in M/M romance? Of course none of us would like our heroes to have teeny man sticks that you have to have a magnifying glass to find, but that’s the subject of another post.