The Social Complex

A Tumblr Blog
A Blog dedicated to the exploration of height bias and discrimination.



Recent comments

  • September 27, 2014 7:55 am


    This was a really great video. I knew his hypothesis would be totally busted before the video even started. Most women are not shy about publicly shaming short men or saying that short(er) men are socially off limits. It’s an accepted and encouraged social norm. It’s not like males and overweight women (where most guys would lie or refuse to answer if a camera were shoved in their faces when asked “would you date a fat woman”).

    Also, did anyone else notice that the ONLY woman who seemed reasonable was the one who we later discovered was standing next to a 5’6” guy “off camera” the whole time?

    To be clear, a height requirement in dating is NOT heightism itself.  Just like a race requirement in dating isn’t racism.  But the widespread application of such a rule and the widespread acceptance of that rule is the product of having been raised in a heightist or racist culture, respectively.

  • September 27, 2014 12:23 am

    Currently the best Heightism Twitter Feed in Existence

  • September 27, 2014 12:14 am

    14 Year Old Bullied to Death for Being Short!

  • September 26, 2014 11:47 pm

    The Truth


  • September 8, 2014 9:39 pm

    OUTRAGOUS VIDEO GAME! - Leg Lengthening Operation - "free online Games for Girls"

    TSC: This game is absolutely disgusting.  From what I can tell, it exists to convince very young girls that leg-lengthening is a relatively simple and effective procedure.  “Check it out, girls….would you like to be taller?  Well, play this game and see how easy it can be!”

  • September 7, 2014 6:30 pm

    TSC:  This company thinks heightism is funny. 

  • September 1, 2014 4:46 pm

    TSC: A well spoken young man discussing heightism. 

  • August 29, 2014 8:04 pm

    Interesting New Study About Height and Relationships


    TSC: Click on the NYU link to read the actual study.  Here are some of the highlights.  

    • Women desire male height to a significant degree, but are willing to trade stability and income for height.
    • Tall men get married younger than short men and tend to marry relatively older women of a higher proportionate income when compared to short men.
    • Short men get married later than tall men and tend to marry relatively younger women of a lower proportionate income when compared to tall men. 
    • Tall men are 77% more likely to get a divorce than short men.  The paper posits that this could be because tall men have more options to leave their marriage, or that women who cannot handle being with a short man will opt out of a relationship before marriage - thus leading to a happier, longer marriages for short men. 
    • The media is saying that short men are less likely to do housework than tall men.  But that’s not how I read it.  The paper seems to say that there is no difference in housework between men when it comes to height, UNLESS the man is shorter than the women.  in relationships where short men marry taller women, the short men are much less likely to do housework. 

    The statistics are very interesting.  But as usual, the analysis is pretty much bullshit. 

  • August 29, 2014 7:35 pm

    Don't feel bad for tall people on planes. They probably make more than you.

  • August 21, 2014 10:51 pm

    Being Short & Trans

    TSC: A very interesting video about height from the perspective of a person who went from a short female (5’0”) to a very short male (5’0”).  Unfortunately, he sort of attributes these ideas to the “trans community” when it’s really a deep social problem which affects everyone.  Also, because he was just giving advice and not really talking about heightism, he chose to concluded with some of that “feel good” naivete about “positive energy”. 

    And not the scientific “positive energy” as in protons.  But, the bullshit metaphysical or cliched kind.