Re: Heightism Short Guys Finish Last

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Mon, 8 Jan 1996 21:32:21 -0500

I agree about the pervasiveness of prejudice against short men, but I
believe it also exists against short women, although not to the same
extent.Ursula LeGuin, the science fiction writer, has written a novel
about "shortish, roundish" folk, and some of the male movie stars in the
last decade have been short -- Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, etc. -- and I
applaud attempts to deal with this prejudice, which causes suffering.
Ruby Rohrlich

On Tue, 9 Jan 1996, JOHN GILL wrote:

> The Economist magazine of 23 December 1995 has an article (on page21) about
> heightism.
> Although written in a tongue-in-cheek style typical of the Economist at Xmas
> the article identifies prejudice against short men as a serious problem.
> The article draws from work by Leslie Martin and Henry Buller published as
> "Stature and Stigma" and from Paul Wilson an Australian Psychologist. It also
> refers to work by Thomas Gregor of Vanderbilt University.
> In short (no pun intended) the Economist argues that in politics,business,
> professional status,jobs,money and sex short persons are disadvantaged.
> Has anyone else read the article?. If not I suggest that it is worth
> reading.What do you think about the notion?
> John Gill
> Wellington
> New Zealand