Genital Variety is the Spice of Life

cactus plant next to measuring tape

Pornography typically depicts a narrow image of genitalia.

Penises are large, hard, and circumcised. Vulvas are shown as hairless with small light-colored lips. However, real life genitals are much more varied in size and shape.


The average penis size is 3.6 inches when flaccid and 5.2 inches when erect. The six-inch average that’s often promoted in the media isn’t close to reality.

Penises in porn are typically shown as circumcised, however the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates only 30% of adult males worldwide are circumcised.

Here's an illustration that embraces the variety of penises: 

illustration of different types of penises


Expectations about vulvas have also been impacted by pornography.

Hairless vulvas in porn have led to a rise in Brazilian waxing.

Vulvas are typically shown with small lips making many women feel self-conscious if they look different and even leading to a rise in plastic surgery. However, research suggests the labia minora (or inner lips) average about 6 cm long with a range from 2 to 10 cm (about 4 inches).

Here's an illustration celebrating a variety of vulvas: 

If variety is the spice of life, shouldn't we celebrate them all?