Sunday, 17 June 2018

"Isn’t it interesting that we are taught to look inwards when it comes to height bigotry..."

"...But with any other type of social prejudice, we are taught to look outwards and blame society."

This was a good quote.

When it comes to the other forms of prejudice recognized by today's politically correct society, people simply say, "Don't discriminate, it's not good."

With height discrimination, it's different. The short person is often blamed for being too insecure or not confident enough.

Instead of simply telling people to refrain from stereotyping short men (like we do with other groups), we tell short men to be more docile in order to not be stereotyped.

When people are made uncomfortable due to heightism discussions, it's the short person's fault for not making everyone else comfortable.

When minority groups are viewed as less attractive, many blame negative stereotypes and media portrayals, but when it comes to height, it's suddenly all due to personality.

If a woman is offended when being mocked about her body, many people take her side, but if a short man has a problem with anything, it's his fault for not taking it on the chin.

It's all very interesting indeed.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Example of People's Confirmation Bias and Projection Regarding Height

Essentially, photos of 5'7 Mark Zuckerberg sitting on a booster seat went viral. People mocked him for being insecure about his height and trying to look taller. It shows how important height is, that sitting on a cushion makes countless headlines, even from mainstream media outlets.

In reality, and I quote:
A rep from Facebook said the cushion was not the billionaire’s private seat, but was provided by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “That’s the committee’s standard practice,” a company spokesperson told The Post.
As you can see, people simply projected their own feelings about height onto Zuckerberg. However you may feel about the guy, to automatically assume he's insecure about his height is nothing more than conjecture, founded on the basis that male shortness is something that must cause embarrassment.

This doesn't only happen to short men who draw the public's ire, but to short men in general. Here it is happening to Kit Harington. People will automatically assume you're insecure just by existing.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Common Misconceptions About Height

Taller is healthier.
Failing to reach one's maximum height is linked to undernourishment, but short stature itself is not unhealthy when genetic. For example, short people live longer on average[1][2]. Being taller has also been linked to cancer, heart disease, and collapsed lungs. More research on this here.

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

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. If you've been noticing how youth are tall for their age nowadays, it's because kids today hit puberty sooner.

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.
Tall people earn higher salaries due to superior competence.
This study found there was no earnings disparity between the short and tall self-employed, concluding that the height wage gap is due to employer discrimination (unlike something such as gender).

Height has never played an important role in being targeted.
  • "The one noticeable similarity with almost all serial killer victims is their short height and low weight. "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" should be the serial killer theme song. These small lightweight victims are easy to attack, easy to beat up, easy to carry or drag, easy to put in the trunk of a car, and easy to dispose of. Big victims are far too much work. Smallish men, smallish women, and children are easy for the killer too handle. This is one reason why the top choices for women serial killers are invalids and babies." - Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers
  • "At the start of the 20th century, most of the Rwandan population belonged to the Hutu ethnic group, who were traditionally crop-growers. Over many centuries, Rwanda attracted another group, traditional herdsmen, the Tutsis, from northern Africa... It wasn’t until European colonists arrived during the 1950s, that a divide developed between the two groups. The Europeans saw the Tutsis, who were taller with European ‘aristocratic’ appearances and, as was the practice of the time, selected this group to be both privileged and educated." - Source..."When RTLM (Radio Télévison des Milles Collines) began broadcasting on July 8, 1993... The RTLM called for the Tutsi to "cut down the tall trees," a code phrase which meant for the Hutu to start killing the Tutsi." - Source

Friday, 27 October 2017

Common Fallacies When Discussing Height Prejudice

  • 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."
  • Survivorship Bias: "Whether it be movie stars, or athletes, or musicians, or CEOs of multibillion-dollar corporations who dropped out of school, popular media often tells the story of the determined individual who pursues their dreams and beats the odds. There is much less focus on the many people that may be similarly skilled and determined but fail to ever find success because of factors beyond their control or other (seemingly) random events. This creates a false public perception that anyone can achieve great things if they have the ability and make the effort. The overwhelming majority of failures are not visible to the public eye, and only those who survive the selective pressures of their competitive environment are seen regularly."
  • 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.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Matt K. Lewis Tries to Talk About Height Discrimination On CNN

It was a nice surprise when I first saw this, because rarely does anyone bring this up even on the internet let alone in the mainstream. Even fellow short people love shutting down this topic, yet here Matt Lewis just flat-out says:

"It's interesting. You can discriminate against short people in this country and pretty much get away with it. You can't talk about people being fat, there's ageism discrimination..."

I appreciate these few occurrences, even though it unfortunately hasn't gotten us anywhere, as I firmly believe a problem needs women to be involved in order for society to take it as a social issue (like weight).

Full discussion about this here.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Laughs About Heightism, Then Runs Off Without Another Word When Hit By The Truth Bomb



Silly Mentality of the Day: "If You Don't Care About Your Own Height, Nobody Else Will."

Somehow, I see this ridiculous notion parroted every once in a while [1][2].

If schools actually cared about education, everyone would know what the just-world fallacy is by now. This whole idea based in solipsism makes no sense. It's one thing to say "don't let other people's judgements break you." I support that idea. It's another to blame the person being judged, like anyone who ever gets targeted didn't love themselves enough, like they failed to influence reality with their mind.

Humans judge others based on looks. Always have. Even if someone doesn't care about or even loves their own traits, other people will judge them for it. Let's say somebody was obese and genuinely loves their own body. Does society suddenly not judge them on their weight? If some man had a micropenis and embraces it, do most women ignore that when he takes his pants off?

Considering how South Korea has "stretching clinics," and sperm banks have a height requirement, clearly this world cares about height. It has nothing to do with how an individual perceives their own stature. Even if a short man is proud of his height, it's viewed as an objective flaw by the majority of society. In fact, the less a short man hates his own height, the more insecure others claim he is [1][2].

All in all, I wholeheartedly endorse the idea of not obsessing about looking taller and not hating one's own height. What I do not promote is the delusion in thinking prejudice goes away if you imagine it really hard.