There is no difference between theory and practice. This is true in theory but not in practice. Which is why writing an article on penis size sounded fun in theory.

Ha.

Not so much in practice. You see, despite the myriad lame double entendre opportunities this topic presents, it remains somewhat of a minefield for any writer to explore. Especially a female one at that. Penis size is, after all, one of the biggest (you see?) weapons in the war-of-the-sexes arsenal.

Scenario: man and woman break up, insults are flung about, emotions run high and feelings are hurt. Woman, over cocktails with the girls, says: "Good riddance," and does the little pinky wag, an expression of pretend-pity on her face but eyes alight with bitchy glee. Seen it before? Of course. Below the belt? (there I go again!) You bet. Unfair? Mmmm. Not necessarily. Because size does matter.

But how big (sorry) an influence does it really have?

The Authentic Women's Penis Chart
Recently we stumbled across something online called The Authentic Women's Penis Size Preference Chart (and before you ask, someone sent it to us, okay? Contrary to what some of you believe we at women24 do not spend our time surfing the Internet for stuff relating to male genitalia. Well, not all our time anyway.) Anyway, according to this chart the ideal size is from 17,78cm to 20,9cm in length with about a 15cm circumference. Rather specific isn’t it? But although none of us had a ruler close by it sounded about right.

And then it struck me. The ideal penis has a specific measurement? Surely only in a world where all vaginas are identical? And while I've heard that there really is something like too big or too small a man is surely more than his member? What about sexual tension? And being in love? And foreplay and clever tricks and techniques? With growing concern (okay, I'll stop!) I spoke to our resident sexologist, Dr Eve and to sensuality expert Marina Green to hear what they had to say on this issue.

The expert's take...
First off, Marina said it's important not to judge a penis on it's flaccid state. There are a lot of guys out there with underwhelming penises. Until it grows that is. Similarly, a lot of long johns don't improve that much when the excitement escalates. So don't judge a book by its cover.

Dr Eve says that while she supports the voice that women have regarding sexual matters, we need to remember that men can do nothing effective and safe about their size. "He has what he has for life. Women, on the other hand can do lots to tighten their vaginal muscles – Kegel exercises, smartballs... and these DO work."

"Oh gosh!" you cry, "More exercises! And if it's his problem, why do I have to alter ME?"

Well, two things. One – are you so sure your vag isn't a little wellie-top like? And two – not tightening up is kinda cutting off your nose to spite your face. If the man you love is on the small side, a few pelvic squeezes beats having unsatisfactory sex for the rest of your life.

Dr Eve also points out that some positions are more suited to the less- or over-endowed. Experiment together for the most satisfying ones.

And finally she says "I believe a woman's dissatisfaction is more about what he's not doing with the rest of his anatomy. Not giving her clitoris and other erogenous zones attention is a much greater flaw in a lover than a small penis. Forget the vagina guys – focus on her whole body and really linger longer around her clitoral area – she won't really notice your size as she will be gasping for air from clitoral orgasms!"

Ja, but that's what they all say. What do you think?