One of the most common forms of shaming language is “You have a small penis” and all of its derivatives. Yet, it is missing from the Catalog of Anti-Male Shaming Tactics. While it might technically be covered by other categories, it deserves its own category because of how often it gets used. (This is adapted from Eumanios’s blog post about this.) I have also generalized the category of shaming language to cover other attempts at shaming language via attacking a man’s penis.
Charge of Abnormal Genitalia (Code Pearl)
Discussion: While screaming, “You have a small penis!” is arguably covered by other categories of shaming language, it is used so much that it deserves its own category. In addition, other aspects of the target’s genitalia may be attacked such as whether he is circumcised or not. Examples:
- You have a small penis.
- Your penis is circumcised/not circumcised so there is no reason to listen to you since you obviously have issues from your circumcision/lack of circumcision.
Response: Whatever the issue being debated the state or size of the target’s genitalia is not relevant. It does not affect the ideas being put forward. The accuser has (most likely) never seen the target’s genitalia to be able to accurately comment on it. More than anything else a code pearl shaming tactic exposes the accuser of having no real argument.