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  • July 1, 2014 9:42 pm
    jewliankushablancas:

anonymouslayabout:

thesocialcomplex:

Born in the wrong century.
(Thanks to /u/Kode47)

This painting is of a woman getting raped.The original painting’s proportions were also smaller than in this recreation.

Addressing the second image, Napoleon was actually average height and weight for his time and region. 5’7 might be short for a man in modern day America, Canada or UK but in 18th century France most men were around that size

TSC: This is true, but it’s irrelevant because he was perceived as short even at that time, and especially so now-a-days. He was average height of an average Frenchman during his time, but he was much shorter than the average upper-class Frenchman who were his peers.  Plus, every political cartoon of the time portrayed Napoleon as a dwarf, and the British derided him for his height.  So it doesn’t matter whether you are actually a member of a disfavored social class if you are widely associated with that social class.  View high resolution

    jewliankushablancas:

    anonymouslayabout:

    thesocialcomplex:

    Born in the wrong century.

    (Thanks to /u/Kode47)

    This painting is of a woman getting raped.

    The original painting’s proportions were also smaller than in this recreation.

    Addressing the second image, Napoleon was actually average height and weight for his time and region. 5’7 might be short for a man in modern day America, Canada or UK but in 18th century France most men were around that size

    TSC: This is true, but it’s irrelevant because he was perceived as short even at that time, and especially so now-a-days. He was average height of an average Frenchman during his time, but he was much shorter than the average upper-class Frenchman who were his peers.  Plus, every political cartoon of the time portrayed Napoleon as a dwarf, and the British derided him for his height.  So it doesn’t matter whether you are actually a member of a disfavored social class if you are widely associated with that social class. 

  • June 27, 2014 10:44 pm
    Born in the wrong century.
(Thanks to /u/Kode47) View high resolution

    Born in the wrong century.

    (Thanks to /u/Kode47)

  • June 21, 2014 9:35 am

    TSCA MUST WATCH video!  A superstar in the leg-lengthening community who advocated the procedure, and went from 5’3” to 5’7”, now regrets his decision.  In this video, he recants his support for leg-lengthening and picks up the banner of social justice instead. 

  • June 2, 2014 12:41 am
    jacobthemalevolent:  It looks really cute. To be fair though, she's maybe and inch or two taller at most though

    TSC:  To me, it actually looks like he is taller than her by a little bit.  But you don’t even see same height couples in romantic comedies now-a-days. 

  • June 1, 2014 8:25 pm

    TSC: A romantic comedy featuring a short man?  Is this possible?  I’m skeptical, but it might be interesting. 

  • June 1, 2014 6:59 pm
  • May 29, 2014 7:41 am

    TSC: Cute

  • May 21, 2014 11:19 pm

  • May 21, 2014 2:01 am

    TSC: Heightism as a form of gender prejudice is becoming more of a mainstream concept. 

  • May 19, 2014 9:39 pm

    Gender Swap of “So did the Fat Lady” scene from LOUIE

    TSC: I’ll leave the commentary to others, but one person on reddit decided to swap the genders from the much praised “So did the Fat Lady” speech featured in Episode 3, Season 4 of LOUIE on FX. 

    First, watch the actual clip as it aired on American television.  Then read the transcript of the same scene with the genders and subject matter adjusted for clarity.  Does it still seem sympathetic?   Why or why not?

    The original:

    The modified version:

    “You know what is the meanest thing you can say to short guy?”

    ‘You’re not short.’

    "And the worst part is I’m not even supposed to do this: To tell anyone how bad it sucks because it’s too much for people. I mean, a short girl? She can talk into the microphone and say she can’t get a date, or clothes to fit, or is difficult to kiss a tall guy. And it’s adorable. But if I say something, they tell me I have a short man complex. I mean, can I just say it? I’m short. It sucks to be a short man."

    "Can people just let me say it? It sucks. It really sucks. And I’m going to go ahead and say it. It’s your fault. Look – I may even like you, you may even be a nice girl — so, sorry. I’m picking you. On behalf of all the short guys, I’m making you represent all the girls. Why do you hate us so much? What is it about the basics of human happiness – you know, feeling attractive, feeling loved, having girls chasing after us – that’s just not in the cards for us? Nope, not for us. How is that fair? And why am I supposed to just accept it? You can say that is only about confidence, but come on. If it was just "having confidence" then girls would say yes when I ask them out. I mean, come on, be honest here."

    "You know what’s funny? I flirt with girls all the time. And I mean, the great looking ones, like the really high caliber? They flirt right back. No problem. Because they know their status will never be questioned. But girls like you never flirt with me because you get scared that maybe you should be with a guy like me. And why not? You know, if you were standing over there looking at us, you know what you’d see? That we totally match. We’re actually a great couple together. And yet, you would never date a boy like me. Have you ever date a boy was shorter than you? Have you?"

    "Have you ever dated a short guy. Have you ever kissed a short guy? Have you ever wooed a short guy? Have you ever held hands with a short guy? Have you ever walked down the street in the light of day, holding hands, with a short guy like me?"

    "Go ahead. Hold my hand. What do you think is going to happen? You think you will be less feminine in the hands of a short man? You know what the sad thing is? It’s all I want. I don’t even need a girlfriend or wife. All I want is to hold hands with a nice girl, and walk and talk."

    "And, thing is, I have no control or choice over my height, and never will."