What is Small Dick Energy – and is that body shaming?

What is Small Dick Energy – and is that body shaming?
What is Small Dick Energy – and is that body shaming?

“Please enlighten me. Mail to [email protected],” climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted on Wednesday – dissing the top macho and “worst influencer in the world”: Andrew Tate. But while some are celebrating the 19-year-old for her quick-wittedness and are happy that Tate, known for misogynistic workshops, violence against women and homophobic and racist texts, whose profiles on Facebook and Instagram have already been blocked, has been quasi checkmated, things are stirring also criticism of the words of Thunberg. An allusion to a possibly small private part – is that body shaming?

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Small Dick Energy literally refers to a small penis. But the definition is not that simple – especially since it is a modification of the long-existing term Big Dick Energy, which in turn literally refers to a large penis. However, only literally, not really in relation to the statement.

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Big Dick Energy: a person who exudes confidence

According to legend, the term Big Dick Energy, or BDE for short, goes back to the Twitter account “Babyvietcong”. When singer Ariana Grande publicly stated the length of her then-boyfriend’s penis in 2018, said person, who is no longer on Twitter, is said to have invented the term: “Pete Davidson is 1.91 meters tall, has dark circles under his eyes, radiates Big Dick Energy, looks evil, but is apparently an angel who loves his girl in public. The only thing wrong with him is that he’s a Scorpio, but whatever… I would have married him within a month.”

So originally the statement Big Dick Energy referred to a person who radiates a certain self-confidence and shows feelings – perhaps also because the penis size gives security, but initially without direct reference to it.

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Big Dick Energy has nothing to do with penis size

Mimi Erhardt, author of the book “Experience Pornography” wrote in “GQ” that BDE is about sovereignty – and “about this charisma that conveys to the environment: ‘I am authentic, strong, beautiful, smart, interesting, unique and love me the way I am. I don’t need to play games, and I don’t have to tell anyone because I’m sweating BDE out of every pore in my body. Because I’m aware of it and the others feel it.’”

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The magazine “Now” of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” described BDE as “a very special form of self-confidence or an aura” that is “not that easy to describe”. And the “Jolie” writes that BDE is “this sometimes cheeky self-confidence. It’s about knowing exactly who you are and what you want. It goes and charisma and confidence coupled with the ability to make others feel good.”

Women with Big Dick Energy: Rihanna, Serena Williams, Angela Merkel

As a result, men with small penises can also have and radiate BDE, as can people without a penis. Because, according to Erhard, it is “that which attracts us to others. The incredibly sexy ability to show respect to others and to treat them as equals because you don’t fear them.” In other words: there is no need for comparison, no devaluation of others, no emphasis on weaknesses, because you are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. In the meantime, many women have been certified with BDE, such as Serena Williams and Rihanna, and the “Welt” also confirmed ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel with BDE.

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So if Big Dick Energy stands for people with sovereignty and self-confidence, Small Dick Energy, called SDE, is the opposite. These are men who hide their own insecurities by insulting, belittling and ridiculing others – or by presenting themselves as particularly great without being so. Tesla and Twitter boss Elon Musk, for example, has repeatedly been accused of SDE in social media, especially in recent weeks, and the term has also come up from time to time with ex-US President Donald Trump – by the media and social media users .

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People with Small Dick Energy: Andrew Tate, Elon Musk, Donald Trump

The Urban Dictionary says, “Boldness without ability,” or “Fragile masculinity and inflated ego. You don’t necessarily have to have a small cock for that either.” Men with large penises can therefore also radiate SDE. Another definition says that SDE people spend a lot of time and energy “to instill a sense of confidence that sounds empty.” Descriptions that, to get back to the starting point, apply to Andrew Tate. After all, he earns his money teaching men about toxic masculinity and treating women in a derogatory and discriminatory manner.

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But even if Greta Thunberg’s tweet has more than 2.5 million likes and hundreds of thousands think that SDE accurately describes Andrew Tate’s charisma and behavior, there are also a number of critical voices – from women and men. They find that the term Small Dick Energy cannot be separated from associating certain characteristics with the size of a body part – in this case the penis. SDE and BDE would imply that men with small penises have a lot to compensate and men with large penises have a satisfied appearance – because of their genitals. The word bodyshaming trended on Twitter on Thursday.

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Is Big Dick Energy and Small Dick Energy body shaming?

In fact, in parlance, characteristics of men are often associated with penis size or “big balls”. Anyone who drives a big, loud, fast car and uses it to post gets a small limb. So are men who have oversized egos. It is the preliminary stage of BDE and SDE.

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But are the terms now discriminatory, hostile to men and unfeminist, as can be read on Twitter? Is it body shaming, as many accuse Thunberg? Perhaps the term was not chosen optimally – but the inventor of the term probably did not think that years later it is still being discussed. But the reference to the penis makes the term vulnerable to those same allegations. However, the phenomenon behind it can be described entirely without a male genitalia. It’s a question of character, aura, self-confidence.

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