If there were a food pyramid of manly foods there's no doubt the chicken wing would occupy one of the larger, more important sections. But hold on to your drumsticks, fellas, because your pregnant wife's wanton wing consumption could mean your son ends up with a less-endowed wingette, so to speak. In advance of this weekend's National Buffalo Wing Festival upstate, PETA released a plea to organizers to ban pregnant women from taking part in the celebrations "for the sake of their sons' sex organs."

The group points to a study relating chicken consumption by pregnant women with "significantly smaller penile volume" in their sons. The culprit? Chemical compounds called phthalates, which are found in poultry as well as pesticides, paints and PVC plastic. Of course, PETA's ploy has more to do with animal cruelty than male endowment. "Pregnant women may want to think twice before chomping on those chicken wings, or their sons could come up short," says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. "Chickens may be little animals, but they suffer in a big way before their wings are hacked off for a stupid contest."

The group hopes their letter will lead to a ban on pregnant mothers competing in the wing-eating contest, though knowing PETA they'd probably prefer the whole event get scrapped. We're all for helping animals live a cruelty-free life, but what about PETA's presumption that men with smaller penises somehow live less fulfilled lives? We know from experience that's simply not the case.