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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Confirming/Perpetuating Stereotypes: Part 3

Penalties for women who violate prescriptive gender stereotypes
Evidence suggests that female faculty members may suffer social reprisals for violating the prescriptive gender stereotypes that women should be deferential and not challenge authority. In one qualitative study of five medical schools, female faculty members reported “feeling as if they were treated like teenagers…or singled out as ‘disruptive to the department when they spoke up.” In another study, female residents felt pressured to avoid a “bossy” or “aggressive” tone when directing patient care. In the words of one senior male resident: “Ive seen men able to say things in just terrible tones, but its just accepted. Whereas if a woman tried that…” Apprehension of the negative consequences of transgressing prescriptive gender stereotypes can lead to self-silencing, in which female faculty “play it safe” and avoid speaking up in departmental meetings and other forums. - Source

Hmm... Sounds familiar. Difference is that most people these days try to "empower" women by telling them to go against this. Short men are expected to go along with it, lest the "Napoleon Complex/Short Man Syndrome" is confirmed.

Fact of the matter is that we're all (supposedly) equal members of society. I know it doesn't seem like that right now, with the way people view short men, but there is no reason why short men should have to behave more than the average adult from birth till death just for being born a certain way, just to not be discriminated against. Others need to be made aware of their behavior and prejudices.


The following is courtesy of HeightismReport:

For those who don't know, there is a ridiculous belief that short men should be forced to act in a way that "does not reinforce" stereotypes, and the other end of this belief is that short men have to act in a way to dispel the stereotypes. This is a bunch of nonsense because short men did not create these stereotypes, these stereotypes are nothing more than hateful beliefs that shift the blame onto short men so as to justify the hateful beliefs held by heightists.

A marginalized group who are burdened with unfair stereotypes cannot do anything to dispel or confirm the stereotypes. It makes no sense to place such a burden on a powerless group that had no power to prevent the stereotypes to begin with. The only way to dispel these stereotypes is by holding the people who believe in them accountable for being hateful folk wisdom that is convenient to their agenda. These stereotypes are nothing but attempts to put short men in a Catch-22 where the application of stereotypes can be used by the status-quo for any reason.

These stereotypes lead to a narrative where the actions of short men are policed, and the stereotypes are used as a controlling mechanism ensuring that short men don't step "out of line." The stereotypes were created with hatred as the backbone, and there's no type of behavior that short men can engage in to disprove the stereotypes, and on the other hand, short men can't confirm the stereotypes because all of the confirmation took place when bigots decided they were going to believe the stereotypes to begin with and reject all conflicting evidence.

It's not up to short men to eradicate stereotypes they didn't have a say in creating, it's up to society to stop sowing the seeds of bigotry that are supplanted by the indoctrinated distaste everyone is taught to have in regard to short men. This isn't just an issue where bigots use these stereotypes, it's an issue where short men use the threat of "confirming stereotypes" to silence other short men, and this is unacceptable.


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