I can't even keep track of how many times I have run across a pit bull metaphor in a book. Often it will be in a crime or mystery novel, where a particularly tough cop is referred to as a "pit bull". Other times, a character will hold on to an object with the "ferocity of a pit bull". Most recently, it was a memoir all about voluntourism - the book is otherwise fantastic, yet the author mentioned his wife clenching down on ideas "like a pit bull and never let[ting] them go." Come on! Lately, it makes me want to throw the book across the room!
That big pittie smile - so "ferocious", right?!
How are intelligent, street-smart adults still perpetuating these antiquated ideas?! Pit bulls are not the vicious creatures the media makes them out to be, and if these authors did any sort of research at all- which I'm sure they don't skimp on for other parts of the book - they would know this! Writers, take note: This breed is incredibly misunderstood. Their jaws do not, in fact, lock or clench onto things any more than other breeds' do, and they are not an inherently aggressive breed.
It baffles me that educated people still seem to believe these myths. All of these authors - whether knowingly or not - are only further perpetuating the stereotypes that the media seems to so enjoy. With one simple sentence, they could be setting us back years in our fight against Breed-Specific Legislation and breed ignorance. With just one stupid metaphor or simile, their readers are encouraged to believe that bully breeds are tough and mean, with jaws like vice grips. This is wrong!!
One of the sweetest girls I've ever known <3
If I was to use a pittie-related comparison in a piece of writing, it would be to say, "The young boy bounced around joyfully like a goofy pit bull with a ball." Or maybe, "Her friend was nearly as loyal, playful, and loving as the pit bull she had had as a child." Because every single bully breed I have ever come across has been just that: Big, goofy sweethearts with smiles almost as big as their hearts who give the sloppiest kisses you'll ever receive. I have met pitties from all sorts of backgrounds - from both abusive and happy homes - and while I have met aggressive dogs of many breeds, I have yet to meet a vicious pit bull. Wake up, authors, and please stop insulting one of my favorite breeds... my husband is getting tired of me throwing books at the wall!
The face of a "dangerous" breed? Ha! I think not.