Height doesn't matter. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter in the same way that other areas of discrimination matter. For example: a fat person can never
be called "fatty" or "fatso", etc, because it would be entirely politically incorrect, nay, uncouth, to describe someone in such a way. After all, it
might be a glandular problem, something beyond their control. In no articles written about governor Chris Chrisie will the word "fat lard" or "fatty"
appear beside his name. It is simply insensitive to say so.
Similarly, it would not be nice to call a gay person a 'fag' or 'faggy', or a black person a you-know-what. But how come when we read about short
politicians do the usual norms of political correctness fall through the cracks? Why is it more ok to take jabs at short guys (I'm 5'7 myself) than it
would be any other group which deals with the emotional soars of discrimination and derision? In one article I read of
"Sarkozy’s midget-like height"
. Such a slur would be unthinkable
about the tub-of-lard Chris Christie or the cock-lover Jim Mcgreevey, because we recognize it is wrong to use such adjectives to describe people; but
when it comes to shortness, we have a tendency to be short-sighted on how being short might make the people who are short feel.
Next, there are girls. If you go by popular dating websites you come by girls who make all sorts of unreasonable demands. At PlentyofFish, one girl
says "If you're not 5'10 or taller, I wont respond to your messages". This girl is 5'3. And in plenty of other ones, girls, often the shorter ones,
repeat the same quirk: only tall guys, anything less than tall is unacceptable.
Forget that average height in America is 5'9 1/2, and that 5'10 and above limits your pool of prospects to only a smaller percentage, but its
especially irritating when girls who are at the short end of their own sexes height specify that the physical difference of 2 or 3 inches of height is
a world of difference for them. Never mind the superficiality of it. This is why dating sites often end up in train wrecks. Everyone is too busy
concentrating on the physical shortcomings of people instead of getting to know them first as people before, as opposed to taking a stock of their
physical features to make sure they meet their specifications. And mind you: the numbers probably wont work. Not everyone can get the guy who is tall
when guys who are 5'6 a 5'7 are as common as guys who are 6'0 or 6'1. Besides, what about tall girls? Paradoxically, the taller the girl is, the more
likely she is to compromise with her partners height. If she's 5'8, a recent study said 18% would be willing to date a short guy. Whereas many girls
who are 5'2 or 5'3 prefer men who are average height or taller.
I'm not saying we should try to bend human nature. Obviously, our cavemen instincts drive us to prefer the more physically attractive members of the
opposite sex. Girls, understandably, if confronted with a good looking 5'7 man or a good looking 6'1 man will on height alone prefer the latter.
That's nature for you. But we are so obviously more than nature. We are complex personalities embedded in a situation that contradicts so much of what
nature presents to us: as Theodore Roosevelt once said, nature is "death by violence, death by cold, death by starvation". In short, we humans have
needs that transcend physical and natural cues. A personality is what we truly desire, and as all people who have ever been in love know, a not so
good looking person can become gorgeous to you by the mere presence of emotional feelings. Love is largely blind to physical stature, or looks.
Although of course it should matter to a degree, the height preferences made by short girls is a bit hysterical and extremely superficial. My sister
was one of those girls. At 5'2 3/4, she always said she only dated tall guys. 6'1, 6'4, 6'2, until she finally settled with a 5'7 1/2 guy, did she
realize how superficial her demands really were.
edit on 11-2-2013 by dontreally because: (no reason given)