Simone de Beauvoir called it "a small person These great thinkers were referring so exasperatedly, so powerlessly, to none other than the penis. That's a lot of hype for a body part that can "be seen as something the Creator doodled in an idle moment," as Tom Hickman puts it in the new book, "God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis. It's fitting, then, that Hickman, a journalist, has written an expansive history of the male member covering everything from biological explanations of its shape and size to analysis of phallic myths. It's a well-researched, dryly witty and worthwhile read. But even a history of the penis can use some
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How much do we really know about the penis? As much as we all take pride in this sometimes little package, many women and men alike don't really know all that much about it. And while ignorance can be bliss, knowledge — especially about that oh-so-favored of body parts — is most definitely power. While this may not seem entirely fair, it turns out that size can be a predictor of some matters related to sex, including a woman's ability to have orgasms during penetration.