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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Common Fallacies When Discussing Height Prejudice

Here are some fallacies or biases I frequently see from heightism apologists:

  • Relative Privation: "Height discrimination is not that bad because someone else has it worse."
  • Just-World: The belief that bad things happen to bad people. "It's not about height, it's your bad personality."
  • Kafkatrapping: Inducing guilt then using any denial of guilt as further evidence of guilt. People accuse short men of having Short Man Syndrome, then when any short man goes against this, they use it as further confirmation of SMS.
  • Appeal to Nature/Naturalistic/Biological Determinism: "Height prejudice, and the inequity that stems from it, is the natural way of things."
  • Burden of Proof: The burden of proof lies with the person who is making a claim. Society claims many nasty things about short men, yet expects short men to "disprove" these stereotypes - the accused is guilty until proven innocent (I've written a series of posts specifically about this).
  • Composition/Division: Inferring that something is true of the whole from the fact that it is true of some part of the whole. "I have never experienced heightism, therefore nobody experiences heightism.
  • False Dilemma: When something is falsely claimed to be an "either/or" situation. "You can either think about heightism, or live a fulfilling life."
  • Appeal to the People: Believing something is true because many or most people believe it. "If so many talk about angry short men, it must be a real issue." Could also be done in reverse, "Society as a whole doesn't acknowledge heightism, therefore it doesn't exist."
  • Argument by Laziness: A person makes a statement or gives an opinion on an issue without having studied the topic being discussed. Everyone seems to be an expert on height related issues, but how many have done their research?
  • Strawman: Substituting a person’s actual position or argument, then attacking that new, false narrative. One person could be talking about height in employment or politics, but the other will act like the first is mad about dating issues.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Study: Effects of Beauty

http://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/01/science/effects-of-beauty-found-to-run-surprisingly-deep.html?pagewanted=1

Excerpts:
Dr. Berscheid said the importance of physical attractiveness is growing and will continue to grow as increases in geographic mobility, frequent job changes and divorce subject more people to ''onetime'' or ''few-time'' interactions with others, in which they are judged on the basis of first impressions.

Dr. Berscheid believes there is a hazard inherent in denying the impact of physical attractiveness: ''Unattractive children who are unpopular may wrongly attribute their lack of popularity to some flaw in their character or personality,'' she says. Such an error, she believes, could result in lasting and painful scars.

This is from 1981, believe it or not. The part I bolded is what I found most important. Things like the halo effect and just-world fallacy cause many people to blame someone's personality, when really, it's often simply their looks.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

"Dutch Men Now 'Enjoy' the Tallest Average Height"

http://time.com/4423589/americans-shorter-new-height-study/

Putting the article above aside...

It's hard to believe, but there are actually many people who claim height doesn't matter and nobody cares about it. Whether they're convincing others or themselves, aside from the obvious prejudice against short men like the "Napoleon Complex/Short Man Syndrome" labels, notice how people talk about height. Dutch men now "enjoy" the tallest average height.

You know how certain places like India or Korea value pale skin? "This country now enjoys the lightest skin tone."

More on height and language here.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Another Sign That Social Pressure Influences Height Preferences

Basically, there's this video that asks women whether or not they would pick a short man with a large penis, or a tall guy with a small one.

Pretty silly, but what's interesting were the women who talked about choosing the short guy, but only in private, because they'd feel anxious being seen with a short guy in public. I've seen this mentality numerous times, even when penis size isn't involved. Some girl would like a short guy, but not date him due to embarrassment.

It amazes me how many people believe mating is purely instinctive, when there are women who literally talk about public perception influencing them.


Related reading:

This study claims, "Results from the online survey indicate that women wanted tall men for a variety of reasons, but most of the explanations of our respondents were connected to societal expectations or gender stereotypes."

Here's my longer post questioning height and societal/biological roots, complete with numerous sources: http://heightismandothershit.blogspot.ca/2016/07/why-i-dont-believe-height-preferences.html

Monday, 3 April 2017

A Thesis About Height Discrimination From Feminist Scholarship

https://etd.ohiolink.edu/!etd.send_file?accession=bgsu1219422665&disposition=inline

I saw this some time ago but I never saved it. Fortunately, I've recently come across it again and it's actually pretty good, especially since I've seen many feminists do the opposite. There's nothing more ironic than a feminist who not only dismisses heightism, but partakes in it.

Speaking of forgetting to save things, I had a study that showed how tall women are treated the same as tall men in the workforce, but now I can't dig it up again. Basically, a 6'5 woman would actually have a better chance than a man who's 5'0, it just happens that women are shorter on average. It's just too bad many feminists don't read up on this topic, then they would realize how much of a role height plays in sexism.

The page itself examines many things like film and even the language itself, which is more than I can ask for from most people. Sure, it frames everything into a feminist narrative which may put some people off, but again, at least they acknowledge height prejudice. Maybe in a different reality where most feminists actually cared about heightism, I wouldn't hesitate to call myself one.

Monday, 27 March 2017

"The Johnson Treatment"

Lyndon Johnson, President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.

"At 6’4”, He used his gigantic imposing physical size and intimidating personality to emphasize his point." - https://sites.google.com/site/ucf2020/sources/student-pages/the-johnson-treatment 

More examples.

Isn't it funny how short men get "Short Man Syndrome" while tall men get "gentle giant?" I've seen tall men use "The Johnson Treatment" numerous times, but it only results in respect from other males and admiration from the ladies. Society wants to pretend like we're civilized, but clearly not.

I'm not from the US, but I've seen both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton mock Rubio and Putin about their shorter heights. It seems to me like there's a reason why Russia or France has recently had short leaders, but not America.

People view it as a natural right for taller men to invade someone else's personal space, the same reason why they expect others to move out of the way when a tall man is going down the street. When a tall man pulls the "looming over someone" stunt, I wonder what would happen if a short man put his hand on the tall man's chest to back him off. The cynical side of me says the short man could be accused of being an insecure angry midget.

Either way, shout-out to HeightismReport for talking about height in politics.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Female to Male Trangender Person Talks About Height

"When I identified as female, I was somehow awesome for being on the taller end of femme, but now? Now I’ve been called a “manlet” for being a hair under average male height – because apparently men get to be treated like shit for something that they can’t control. I’ve also noticed that, while dating women, a lot of them won’t even go NEAR you if you’re under 6 feet tall. Which is bullshit. As I’m bisexual it didn’t really matter too much to me, but I did notice something anectodally interesting – gay men and bisexual men don’t generally give a flying flip if you’re short or tall as long as there is chemistry between you. But of course, men are the judgemental ones, right guies?"
 Full post: https://libertyviral.com/is-living-life-better-as-a-man-or-woman-a-transgender-tells-hisher-story/