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You can hate your genitals and still have a bangin’ sex life, says new study

A study recently published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy says that poor “genital self-image” doesn’t necessarily have an impact on a man’s sexual satisfaction.

Scientists surveyed 6,228 cis-gendered, heterosexual adult men and women between ages 18 and 40 about their body image, genital self-image, sexual satisfaction and sexual functioning.

Researchers wanted to “examine the association between body image and genital self-image … explore whether genital self-image is a more salient influence on sexual satisfaction and functioning than [overall] body image.”

Overall, adults who felt more positive about their genitals also expressed positive outlooks on their body image and fewer concerns about their sexual performance.

Women who with a positive genital self-image also reported higher levels of sexual satisfaction; however, men were different.

Researchers found that “genital self-image did not significantly predict sexual satisfaction among men.”

This means that some men who dislike their equipment still feel sexually satisfied and some men who like their junk feel sexually dissatisfied. In short, a man’s sexual satisfaction isn’t necessarily dependent on whether or not he likes his tallywhacker.

Researchers also said that the association between a man’s genital self-image and his overall body image may be affected by an unknown outside variable. Although they didn’t elaborate as to what this variable might be, it could be a man’s exposure to adult videos or images of idealized bodies, as a 2017 study found that men who watched more adult videos also experienced higher levels of bodily dissatisfaction.

It’s also entirely possible that gay men might feel differently than straight men on this particular issue.

Basically, until we get a study looking at how exclusively homosexual men feel about their genitals, body image, sexual satisfaction and functioning, our full relationships with our genitals will remain somewhat mysterious.

Related: This informal study of straight men who masturbate together reached some stimulating conclusions