IN AN explosive 60 Minutes interview with Liz Hayes, feisty US porn star Stormy Daniels expressed regret at having revealed details to the world about President Donald Trump’s alleged mushroom-like manhood.
“I actually feel pretty terrible about it because in a way it’s a form of body shaming,” Daniels told Hayes.
According to the Oxford dictionary, body-shaming is the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.
With feminism dominating the news cycle 24/7, it seems the media is primarily focused on the shaming of women and girls.
We hear about female slut shaming, fat shaming, menstrual shaming and vagina shaming. But we rarely hear about penis shaming, sperm shaming and the shaming of the male body.
Yet the shaming of men and their physical attributes is rife — it’s actually a sport that most of us actively participate in but may not be aware of.
A man’s desirability is often linked with the size of his whizzer. Men are discriminated against if their genitals are deemed too small.
In daily life and popular culture saying that a man has a ‘small penis’ promptly shuts him down and is often used by women as a weapon against the patriarchy.
Men are led to believe that to be ‘worthy’ in a woman’s eyes, their manhood must be above average. Considering the global penis size for men is 5.5 inches, this leaves a lot of blokes feeling inadequate.
Then of course, there are the men who suffer from the condition micropenis which affects 0.6% of the population. In a dick-shaming world, these men feel undesired and of lesser value — which can lead to mental health issues. Some of these men turn to penis enlargement surgery to ‘fix’ their supposed problem. This of course can cost an arm and a leg — with little to no results.
Penis size isn’t something that needs to be fixed. It’s our beliefs and perceptions which require altering. As a society, we should examine dick shaming culture and why it exists.
Is it really necessary to shame a bloke because his package doesn’t replicate that of a male porn star?
Which brings me back to adult entertainer, Stormy Daniels. Daniels has done a wonderful thing by admitting her wrong about body-shaming the American President.
Her admission can open up a new dialogue about shaming men for their genitals, which leads to body dysmorphia disorders.
Next time you think about linking a man’s displeasing behaviour with the size of his package. Stop yourself and make a different choice.