Baker: Race, Fig. 55A

Negro Penis Size

John R. Baker

The anatomy of the male Sanid is in some respects as peculiar as that of the female. The penis, when not erect, maintains an almost horizontal position (Fig. 55A, Bushmen). This feature is scarcely ever omitted in the rock art of the Bushmen, in their stylized representations of their own people. The prepuce is very long: it covers the glans completely and projects forwards to a point. The scrotum is drawn up close to the root of the penis, giving the appearance that only one testis has descended, and that incompletely (cf. Fig. 55A, second figure from right). These characters are clearly paedomorphous, and they are less marked in old men.

The Nilotids occupy the region of the upper Nile (Fig. 58). They are a homogeneous taxon, and can readily be described by noting their differences from the Sudanids. They are tall and slim, with very long limbs (Fig. 60A, p. 332, a Nilotid, Nuer tribe, showing a stance often adopted by members of this subrace). It is characteristic of the Negrids in general that the forearm is long, but this feature is emphasized in the Nilotids. The lower leg is thin and (as in most Negrids) almost devoid of a ‘calf.’ The Negrid tendency towards a projecting heel is pronounced in this subrace.

The penis is very long and rather thick when not erect, but this may perhaps be a general character of Negrids. From observations made while dissecting Negroes, the French anthropologist Paul Topinard confirmed the impression that this organ, in its flaccid state, was longer than that of Europeans, but he gave no indication of the subrace to which the corpses belonged. That Negrids have large penes is sometimes questioned, but those who doubt it are likely to change their minds if they will look at photographs nos. 8, 9, 20, 23, 29, and 37 in Bernatzik’s excellently illustrated book, Zwischen weissem Nil und Belgisch-Kongo. These represent naked male Nilotids, and appear convincing.

Baker: Race, Fig. 60A

Ludwig Wolf, who made a study of the physical anthropology of the Baluba tribe, remarks that ‘As a general rule the male organ in its relaxed state is astonishingly strongly developed;’ but he was informed by Negresses who had cohabited with both Negrids and Europids that, when erect, the organ is of about the same size in the two races. Topinard had claimed that though the penis of Europeans was smaller than that of Negrids when flaccid, it was larger than theirs when erect.

From John R. Baker: Race, Oxford University Press, 1974; Athens, Ga, Foundation for Human Understanding, 1981, pp. 311; 319; 329; 331; 332.

‘Oversized’ Penile Length in the Black People; Myth or Reality

JC Orakwe, Godday Ebuh
Tropical Journal of Medical Research 11(1), February 2009. DOI: 10.4314/tjmr.v11i1.30465


Objective: Amongst the Caucasians and some non-Black races, there is the popular belief that the black people generally have longer penile sizes. Even the Blacks themselves tend to believe so. This study was carried out to test the veracity of this ascription of ‘oversized’ penile length to people of the Black (Negro) race. Design: A prospective and comparative study Setting: The Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria. Subjects and Method: Full-stretch flaccid penile lengths, and flaccid penile lengths, were measured in 115 adult men of the Black race in Nigeria. The results were compared with reported similar main studies on people of other races, which were accessible to the authors. These studies were done in Italy, Greece, Korea, Britain, and the United States of America. Result: The mean full-stretch penile length of the Nigerian Blacks was 13.37cm and the mean flaccid length was 9.36cm. Similar studies reported full-stretch penile lengths of 12.50cm in Italians, 12.18cm in Greeks, 9.6cm in Koreans, 13cm in British Caucasians, and 12.45cm in the American Caucasians. The penile length for Nigerian Blacks was longer than those of the other races, but the differences were only statistically different in comparison with the Koreans. Conclusion: There is the possibility of racial differences in penile sizes, but there is no convincing scientific background to support the ascription of bigger penile dimensions to people of the Black race.

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