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.
The mother of 14-year-old Lamar Hawkins III, who killed himself in a school bathroom last week, said her son’s senseless death followed fruitless pleas for help from school officials to stop abuse inflicted by other students at Greenwood Lakes Middle School.
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!”
About: Leg Lengthening Operation game, that you can play for free online. Lisa is very nice girl, but a very small. Friends often make fun of her height. Lisa has made a very important decision. She decided to go for surgery to lengthen the legs. You’ll carry out this operation.
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.
TSC: I don’t know if this article was a step forward or a step backwards. On the one hand, it was a cold recounting of labor statistics without any commentary or mention of heightism or height discrimination. But on the other hand, at least the author didn’t trot out evolutionary psychology or use the word “subconscious” to excuse the statistics of inequality. Instead, he chose to make no comment on it what-so-ever.
It’s also rare to see this data broken down in terms of gender. It sort of proves that the height discrimination is a function of gender discrimination and not a function of skill or intelligence as Case and Paxon would have us believe. C&P are the economists who argued that the height/wage gap was due to a lack of intelligence among shorter people. But, of course, they didn’t break the data down by gender (on purpose - they didn’t want anyone to draw the conclusion that the gender/pay gap could be attributable to women being shorter than men).