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It's Time To Become a Protected Class

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bbtopp
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Joined: 2015-10-20
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Height: 5'3
Location: New York, United States
Posts: 14
Heightism

As much as we'd rather not play the victim because most of us probably have no issue with our height, other than the consequences of the fact that everyone else seems to care about it. In the hiring process and workplace, dating life, etc. we are not receiving the respect and rewards that someone else would who is an exact replica of us in every way, except a taller version.

Today, I was walking through the department store quickly after I picked up what I needed, since I needed to get somewhere as shortly as possible. Just as I passed by a lady pushing her young son in the shopping cart, sitting in the cart seat, she raised her voice and said to him "When you grow up, remember you want to be TALL!" I kept walking even though I felt like turning around, punching her in the face, and telling the kid, "When you grow up, remember, all that matters are the actions you take, because YOU HAVE NO CONTROL over your height". A frustrating thing I don't understand and seems to be a running thought in the mind of women as if it is a possible thing. Women think men whose heads don't measure up to a certain level turn out that way because they lack the ABILITY or WILL... like wtf is this? Other than environmental factors/diet/exercise contributing possibly an inch or so height difference, your ultimate height is determined by your genes. Why would you ever focus on HEIGHT as a QUALITY TO STRIVE FOR?

Anyone?

We really deserve all the extra help we can get, because although we are more than capable of doing everything ourselves and know that height doesn't matter, the world has socially, and therefore politically, stigmatized the plight of short men. This hurts our chances of equality without an added legal basis as a protection class so that we can better defend ourselves SOCIALLY from being, excuse me, "looked over".

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ThatFlyShortGuy
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Joined: 2014-04-16
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Height: 5'7
Location: Queens, NYC, United States
Posts: 271

I disagree with this wholeheartedly. Let me explain why.

What exactly would this accomplish?

       
  • This would turn people from talking about us to our faces to behind our backs.
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  • Employers could still cite other reasons for why we weren't hired
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  • It won't make us more attractive to women
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  • Employers could use other methods to screen "only apply if you can lift...."
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  • Shorter people with lesser skills may get ahead causing resentment

Where else would lines be drawn? Will there be height quotas in sports? This would give the government one more massive program to oversee. I am against big government.

What you can do instead of legislation:

       
  • Challenge people who insult you for your height
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  • Push people to feel shitty for insinuating you are less able because of your height
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  • Don't let women off the hook for height degrading comments
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  • Challenge businesses who mock short men for profit
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  • Challenge production companies who cast taller actors to play short men in biopics

Short men need to take a page from the Plus Size movement and add a stigma to body shaming. Attitudes would change. 

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newtonsghost
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Joined: 2017-05-27
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Height: 5'7
Location: Greenville, United States
Posts: 11

A class action lawsuit against the American Psychological Association would be a great place to start. They carry a large portion of the responsibility for some of the more damning stereotypes against us. For example they blame us for a perfectly healthy reaction against a taught prejudice rather than blaming the prejudice itself. When a prejudice is taught to generation after generation and the scientific community rather than recognizing the prejudice blames the victim they validate the prejudice. While ThatFlyShortGuy brings up some good points, the prejudice that is taught through the media and reenforced by the scientific community is not going to go a way until we start drawing some blood, otherwise people will just continue to laugh at us and we will never be taken seriously.

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