PeTA moves on to penis size shaming
I almost can’t believe I’m writing this post.
After offending people on the grounds of their weight, sexuality, personal gender identity and a myriad of identifiable traits, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) have moved on to ridiculing penis size in their campaign to improve outcomes for animals.
See the screen grab from their Twitter account below.
I suppose I will start by saying that there is nothing wrong with alerting people to the fact that chemicals in food stuffs can affect the development of their child’s genitals.
I think that is an important public service announcement to share.
So why do I have a problem with this campaign?
The campaign is built around the idea that having a bigger penis is better. The second tweet actually reads ‘your son deserves better’. A ‘big’ penis is a reality for some people, an average sized penis is a reality for the majority of people and a penis considered smaller is the reality for some people.
Just like their fat-shaming campaigns, PeTA are ridiculing the idea of people who are not considered to have the best physical attributes. They are not simply saying the chemicals in chicken can harm genital development, they are ridiculing the idea of a person having a smaller penis.
Body shapes come in all different sizes and for many different reasons. PeTA should not exclusively link eating vegan with having the idealised body shape. Neither should they exploit entrenched and damaging social norms about penis size to champion the vegan cause. Not every small penis on the planet is chicken induced and to try and perpetuate the shame and embarrassment felt by people who do have small penises (for whatever reason) is irresponsible, damaging and hurtful.
Don’t even get me started on the fucking sick use of crying babies next to the repeated terminology ‘small dick’.
I am really, really, really fucking tired of PeTA trying to make people feel shit about themselves or fearful of not being the best human specimen. Get a fucking grip, PeTA. Save animals without attacking the self-esteem and emotional wellbeing of humans.