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Monday, 14 August 2017

Bigotry Shouldn't Be Encouraged Even Against Other Bigots


Let's run through the excuses I've seen for this:


Bigotry is okay against another bigot. Heightism isn't serious anyway so it's fine.
Ableism isn't as bad as racism, but using it against a disabled racist is no good. Besides, imagine a film like Shrek but they mocked a woman's small breasts instead of short male height. I'm sure this society would still laugh, right?

People like to pick on certain traits of people they hate.
Well, at least we can admit there's prejudice against short men, so we're getting somewhere. After all, even the biggest haters of 6'4 Osama Bin Laden or 6'3 Donald Trump never claimed anything bad about tall men's characters.


Finally, the guy in the pic is actually 5'7, not 5'2. I wonder why they bothered photoshopping his height. Probably because there are fewer 5'2 men so they're an easier target. We also all know the shorter a man is, the more likely he is to be evil.

One of the main problems with humanity is confirmation bias. Anytime people see one short man do something they dislike, all short men pay for it. Anytime a tall man does something heroic, all tall men benefit from it. People need to be educated about this sooner than later, because it just keeps getting worse. All the Uncle Tom short guys out there also need to realize that until heightism itself is stigmatized, no matter how much of a goody two shoes a short man is, he'll just be like one of those minority friends a racist has. "One of the good ones," but the rest are clearly still nasty and inferior.

Considering how much this society loves eugenics, especially when it comes to male height, one would think everyone would get along with Nazis more. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if that short Nazi's kin are kinder to him than the rest of this more "tolerant" populace. Wouldn't that be a laugh?

Read my full post about this issue here.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

People Outraged Over Female Weight Issues/Body Standards

Never let anyone claim society does not care about an issue unless it involves slavery or laws or lynching. "Heightism doesn't matter because racism, sexism, and homophobia are worse". Okay, then what about this?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40838979

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/robbie-sarah-tripp-curvy-wife-instagram-viral_us_5982b3e8e4b0fa1575fbf2e6

If someone says "society only cares about an issue if it affects women," then I'll be the first to agree. Anything else is just an excuse. Give one reason why women's weight standards are a big deal but height prejudice is not.

Update: Apparently, universities also have a 'fat studies' course about the discrimination fat women face.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

BBC News: Putin Is Compensating For His Height, But Trump Is Macho

I wonder if a major news outlet like BBC would dare insinuate an overweight woman was gluttonous, or a small breasted woman was clearly compensating.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Common Misconceptions About Height

Taller is healthier.
Depends how you look at it. For example, short men live longer on average.

Every younger generation gets taller.
The average American has not gotten taller in the last 50 years. In fact, average height in the medieval ages was only slightly shorter than it is now.

Height is mostly dietary.
It's the other way around. Height is more genetic than dietary.

Short men are angrier on average.
This study found that tall men fly off the handle more quickly.

Every human being innately prefers tall people.
They've done height studies on various tribal cultures, and these people don't care about height the same way modern society does.

Men and women are equally strict about height.
The average man's ideal height difference is for the woman to be 1 inch shorter. On the other hand, women desire men to be 8 inches taller on average.

Taller people earn higher wages due to superior competence.
This study found there was no wage disparity between the short and tall self-employed, concluding that the height wage gap is due to employer discrimination.

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.