Different Height Requirements for Men and Women

These are Mexico's height requirements for police officers:

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I always get a kick out of these when they have different requirements for men and women, like a 5'5 woman being okay, but 5'5 men GTFO. If this isn't heightism then I don't know what is.

When it comes to these jobs, what can a short woman do that a man of the same height can't? The average 5'5 man is still stronger than the average tall woman, let alone a short one.

Simply put, this is all about appearances, like making a Hollywood actor stand on a box so he's taller than his female co-star.

Here's another case of this from Singapore, where a 5'2 woman is A-okay for Dunkin' Donuts, but a 5'2 man is not:


Wouldn't be surprised if we see more of this in the future, as heightism goes unchecked and encouraged.


  1. Here in the U.S. when they started hiring more women cops, many or most police departments lowered the height requirements for men cops - I mean after all - A man is stronger than a woman in general - and if you're going to hire a 5'0" woman you have to hire a 5'0" man! It wouldn't make sense to have a higher height requirement for a man. However, I believe this is more sexism against men than heightism, simply because the requirements for men are higher than for women. In other words, the women can be smaller than the men and still get hired. A man can't get hired at a height that a woman can get hired at. That would be sexism against men.

    1. Whatever, I'll just count it as both. Cops aside, for the Dunkin' Donuts thing, it's not like the men have to be college level, while women only highschool. They only care about height.