Heightism in dating
You’re walking down the street and notice you’re getting a couple glances, maybe even a stare or two.
No, you aren’t wearing a shirt with a questionably offensive phrase on it.
Logic would conclusively tell us that, no, mocking someone because of their height is not remotely like racism, because huge swathes of the population were not historically enslaved by virtue of being under six foot tall.This week, Commons Speaker John Bercow (who is five foot six) compared prejudice against short men to racism and homophobia.He claimed that mocking a person for their stature was “somehow acceptable” in a society where similar jibes over skin colour or sexuality would be universally condemned. Inevitably, Bercow’s comments sparked various television and radio debates about whether or not "height-ism" is, in fact, comparable with other, more widely recognised social bigotries.As someone who has run an open online forum for body image debate for the past eight years I can say with some authority that men are about 200% less likely to admit to feeling insecure about their bodies than women; for short men to speak up about their body image anxiety is virtually unheard of.Tall women, conversely, are quite happy to tell you all about how unfeminine they feel, how they can’t find shoes that fit and that even when they do, they lament the "rule" (which they’ve made up) which prohibits them from wearing heels.