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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.

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.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Double Standards About "Complaining"

I regularly see tall people complain about things like shower heads, airplane space, fitting clothes, etc. Sometimes this is in a joking way, but often it's played straight. Either way, not once have I seen anyone dare accuse them of whining about nothing.

Yet when short people discuss things like being labeled with complexes and syndromes. wage gaps, being constantly labeled as intrinsically inferior, slanderous media portrayals, etc. all of a sudden everyone (including other short people) show up to play Internet tough guy, making baby noises and generally being nasty to shut down any progress. They also don't see the irony in themselves complaining about those who discuss heightism.

All the physical stuff tall people talk about has a short counterpart anyway. For example, it' not like stocky men find clothing very easily either. I think deep down, people realize one is all physical inconvenience and the other is societal prejudice, they just don't want to think about the latter because it ain't fun and games. Not to mention how people think obedience and complacency are virtues. They aren't.