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).
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.
TSC: So, VICE (which normal does pretty interesting articles and very excellent foreign journalism) posted an article about a dwarf German Shepard named “Tiger”. But that alone isn’t interesting enough for me to talk about it here. What makes it interesting is the human height shaming the author gratuitously inserted into an otherwise informative piece about dogs and dwarfism.
Cuteness aside, German Shepherd dwarves come with various health issues. They face infertility, a shortened life span, and problems with growing skin, teeth and adult fur. They can also become overtly anxious or aggressive. It’s pretty hard to sell a puppy destined for health issues and small man syndrome, so most breeders just euthanize the dwarves a few weeks after birth. This is the fate that Darien Northcote’s vet recommended after her pedigree dog gave birth to six puppies in 2011.
TSC: Small man syndrome? I thought we were talking about dogs? Did the author really need to use a gendered body-shaming slur against humans to describe the dog’s temperament? And here is the kicker (as pointed out by a fellow /r/short subscriber or reddit)
JohnGM: [I] Just read the link within that article that talked about the various health issues and no where in that list of health issues does it say anything about the dogs being overtly anxious or more aggressive like they claimed in the article. Not saying they were wrong btw, I don’t know I’m not a vet, just pointing out that the link they used for the possible health issues didn’t include those two issues.
Is there a modern prejudice in our society that is as widely celebrated as heightism? And I don’t just mean “accepted”. I mean, celebrated.
TSC: This episode address short stature but it’s in no way “anti-heightist”. The episode acknowledges that short people are “made fun of” in school, but never addresses height discrimination. They don’t even bother to substantively address slurs or stigma against short people by fellow adults as it happens in real time during the episode. Short people (read: short men) are pretty much insulted and humiliated throughout the episode.
However, the show did have a few redeeming messages which implied that George should be comfortable with his body. Of course, the basis for that message doesn’t seem to be that height bigotry is wrong, but that height bigotry is unimportant. In other words, “it’s no big deal, so you should be comfortable with being short”.
No great message for challenging heightism. But, it could have been much worse.
Boy, 13, commits suicide ‘after he was bullied for years for being small’
Johnathon Short-Scaff was found hanged in his bedroom last week
Just the day earlier, he had become upset when bullies at school told him to ‘go kill yourself’, his best friend said
His mom said he told the principal about the bullies but nothing changed
An investigation is now underway into his death
Family: The bullies reportedly targeted Johnathon, pictured with his mother and sisters, for being small
TSC: I think the article speaks for itself. This young man joins a list of young men who took their own life after being tormented by bullies who harassed them for the way they were born. The real problem here is that heightism is such an accepted and even celebrated prejudice in our society that these sorts of things are bound to happen. Also take a look at the comment section at the end of the article. Notice the number of posts blaming Johnathon for taking his life instead of the bullies who harassed him because of their hate for short boys. Also notice the number of people who say “he should have waited until his growth spurt…he may have ended up as tall as the rest of his peers”.
Notice how none of them say anything like “it’s O.K. to be short”. That never comes out of anyone’s mouth.