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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Why Heightism is a Serious Form of Bigotry

Lots of people try to invalidate heightism by pointing out how racism is worse, so short people should stop complaining. After all, short men have never been openly enslaved due to their height, right?

What I'm wondering is why we must rank prejudice. Just because one form of bigotry is worse does not mean we should ignore lesser discrimination. As an Asian man of below average height in Canada, please do not tell me how it feels to be short or a minority. Whether we're talking size or color, when you're treated poorly due to genetics you have no control over, the hurt is very much the same. Or is it not horrible until someone ends up in chains?

Height is also intrinsically linked with differences in race and gender. One reason why women are regarded as inferior is due to being smaller on average than men. Short stature is often used to mock Asians and Hispanics.

The final nail in the coffin is how tall people tend to make more money than their shorter counterparts:

"An extra 10cm in height meant three per cent higher wages for men, and two per cent higher wages for women."

"A survey of Fortune 500 CEO height in 2005 revealed that they were on average 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) tall, which is approximately 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) taller than the average American man. 30% were 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall or more; in comparison only 3.9% of the overall United States population is of this height.[13] Similar surveys have uncovered that less than 3% of CEOs were below 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) in height. Ninety percent of CEOs are of above average height.[14]"

Tall people tend to earn more because we have been conditioned to associate power with height. Despite there only being a fraction of men taller than 6 foot, somehow, 90% of CEOs are above average height. If that is not blatant bias, what is?

Before anyone says this proves how taller people are more capable of success, so it only makes sense to prefer them... Don't talk. Think. If I were to say minorities earn less so we should continue ostracizing them (in both business and dating), would that same argument be rational? It goes in a circle when we prefer tall men for their unearned perks, because that just means giving them more unearned perks.

We must stop heightism. Now. Short males are contemplating suicide left and right, while one of many boys has already gone through with it.

Is heightism still a joke?

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