5th 2012. More sh*t going down for the short. This 22 year old man
went into a store to purchase beer. He is one year over the legal
minimum drinking age. He displayed his ID. The store employees obviously
displayed disbelief at both him AND his driver's license. He got angry
and said some naughty words. Who TF wouldn't? He was not only denied
his right to be served, but was arrested as well. All it took to get the
police on the scene to make the arrest was a few naughty words spoken
by a short man.
Said one mentally underdeveloped poster:
he were smart he would get this video off of abc news and carry it
around with him. Maybe get it sent to his phone or something. Then when
this happens in the future show it to the cashier. Is it a pain in the
butt for the guy? Yeah, I’m sure it is, but its better than going to
jail for doing something that’s not illegal.
Such is the twisted room temperature IQ logic and the indignities directed at, and tolerated by the short man.
(Incidentally, the webmaster posted a comment that was not displayed. He then posted a SECOND comment; the second comment was not displayed either. Now he has posted yet a THIRD COMMENT. And that one is nowhere to be found at this time as well.)
Read the ABC News article here.
In a study in the journal Psychiatry Research, scientists showed that making a person's virtual height lower than it actually is can make them feel worse about themselves and more fearful that others are trying to harm them.
The research shows how low self-esteem can lead to paranoid
thinking, the scientists said, and will be used to develop more
effective psychological treatments for severe paranoia, a serious mental
"Being tall is associated with greater career and relationship success. Height is taken to convey authority and we feel taller when we feel more powerful," said Daniel Freeman of Britain's University of Oxford, who led the study.
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The truth is just the reverse of what Freeman stated: People feel more Powerful when they are taller. Short people now labeled as more likely to be paranoid too. And here's what the subjects of the study - ALL WOMEN - saw:
Criminal Law & Identity Politics
By JAMES B. JACOBS and KIMBERLY POTTER
Oxford University Press
Read the Review
What is Hate Crime?
[C]rimes motivated by bigotry usually arise not out of the pathological rantings and ravings of a few deviant types in organized hate groups, but out of the very mainstream of society.
Jack Levin and Jack McDevitt, Hate Crimes. The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed
We cannot talk about how much hate crime exists in the United States or what to do about it until we are clear about what a hate crime is. This chapter shows that the concept of hate crime is loaded with ambiguity because of the difficulty of determining (1) what is meant by prejudice; (2) which prejudices qualify for inclusion under the hate crime umbrella; (3) which crimes, when attributable to prejudice, become hate crimes; and (4) how strong the causal link must be between the perpetrator's prejudice and the perpetrator's criminal conduct.
Complexity of Prejudice
"Hate" crime is not really about hate, but about bias or prejudice. As we will see in chapter 3, statutory definitions of hate crime differ somewhat from state to state, but essentially hate crime refers to criminal conduct motivated by prejudice. Prejudice, however, is a complicated, broad, and cloudy concept. We all have prejudices for and against individuals, groups, foods, countries, weather, and so forth. Sometimes these prejudices are rooted in experience, sometimes in fantasy and irrationality, and sometimes they are passed down to us by family, friends, school, religion, and culture. Some prejudices (e.g. anti-Fascist) are considered good, some (e.g., preference for tall people over short people) relatively innocuous; but other prejudices provoke strong social and political censure (e.g., racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny).
Read more . . .
--- below are two posts from the same individual taken from 'Sociological Images' dated October 2011 --
Being a 5'1" male, I've seen the massive impact of heightism from a very personal level. I've lost jobs, loans, friendships, and relationships because of my height. When people look at/encounter me, very little goes through their mind other that reflection on my height. Every semester there are at least 3-4 students that approach me on the first day of class and ask exactly how tall I am. There is no aspect of my life that has not been affected by heightism. I have no problem being shorter, but most other people tend to have a huge problem with my height. I've even had people, on many occassions, threaten to kill me because they feel so uncomfortable with my height. My partner and i are planning to start a family and i hope that the child will be female, simply because I truly believe that it is so much easier for a female to be shorter in this society then for a male to be shorter. I don't want a potential son of mine to have to endure the daily harassment/judgement/ridicule that I have gone through my entire life. More awareness needs to be made about heightism and its effect on both males and females.
Many people have found it so incredibly offensive that a short man has a successful career, a beautiful partner, etc. that they hurl threats. At least that is what I have tried to rationalize their behavior as.... It's just as present now in my 30's as it was in high school. Random people that I pass on the sidewalk give me a nasty look and cuss; "short piece of sh1t", "little f*cker", etc. If I ever say back, "what's your problem?" their usual response is something aggressive, death threats, etc. I had a boss once that wasn't pleased with my sales numbers (several careers and years ago). They were fine/okay numbers but nothing stellar. He said flat out that if I didn't turn my act around he would beat me senseless behind the building. He was a big man, physically, but a real jerk. I just up and left the place and was lucky to find an adjunct position. From what I understand, there are few protections, legally, for short people. I think Michigan has a law that it is illegal to discrimnate based on height. I can't remember though. Probably the worst part of all this is no one understands. I've tried to tell friends about the b.s. that goes on, but their response ranges from "get over it shorty" to "just don't let it bother you". I'm not saying the stuff that happens to me is any worse then say, stuff that happens to other subjigated peoples, but it does suck. Little People at least have groups and organizations to assist in getting them through. Women have organizations to at least try to combat the many inequalities out there. The same is true for many minority groups. I don't know of a group for men that are around 5' in height. There just doesn't seem to be any where to turn to or anyone that even tries to understand. My partner tries to understand, but can't really. Every day, every action is judged. Every passerby, every colleague, every student, every instance and every interaction with anyone is based not upon who I am as a person, but moresoe how many inches I stack up to.
Innocuous isn't it?
(The writer of these two posts should have had the highest rated comments but didn't. The two most highly rated comments about an article written by Geoffrey Arnold of 'The Social Complex' were written by someone (most likely a rabid feminist) railing about male patriarchy and racism, and one by a Tall woman "defending her turf". It appears that when men begin to bring up issues about ANY kind of discrimination that they may face, the feminists come out 'in force' to play the 'Oppression Olympics'.)