Small penis rule

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The small penis rule is an informal strategy used by authors to evade libel lawsuits. It was described in a New York Times article in 1998:

The small penis rule was referenced in a 2006 dispute between Michael Crowley and Michael Crichton. Crowley alleged that after he wrote an unflattering review of Crichton's novel State of Fear, Crichton libeled him by including a character named "Mick Crowley" in the novel Next. The character is a child rapist, described as being a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and Yale graduate with a small penis.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Dinitia Smith (24 October 1998). "Writers as Plunderers; Why Do They Keep Giving Away Other People's Secrets?". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Felicia R. Lee (14 December 2006). "Columnist Accuses Crichton of ‘Literary Hit-and-Run’". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2013.