Re: Heightism Short Guys Finish Last

Iain Walker (ngazidja@JOLT.MPX.COM.AU)
Tue, 9 Jan 1996 20:56:36 +1100

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?

I think that those at the other end of the scale are equally
discriminated against and perhaps more ignored. Since tall people are
seen as being better able to cope (?), or are seen as having an advantage
rather than a disadvantage (being tall rather than small), discrimination
against them is not really perceived as existing. I readily admit, it's
not as serious a problem as discrimination against short people would
seem to be, but nevertheless, it exists.

Iain Walker

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