Support For The Short - A website about Heightism




"When is 'National Hug a Short Person Day'?"  "They don't get one!  Hee hee hee hee hee"


It's all in your mind little man.  You should just - 'Get over it' . . .



BIGOTRY AGAINST SHORT MEN IN COMMERCIALS

Tall Honda Headroom




This is one of the most blatantly heightist commercials that has ever been aired on TV.  And the heightism is depicted without any actual heightist expletives.  This Honda commercial was first aired in 2001.  It is not difficult to see that short men are not a group with even the tiniest bit of political power or even human rights, because if they were, Honda would have been called on the carpet for this 30-second piece of garbage almost immediately.  When the women pulled up alongside the guys, they seemed to have an interest, that is, until they got out of their car and saw their heights.  This commercial degrades short men by depicting them as undesirable for women and actually uses this theme to promote Honda SUV's!  We see the short men driving away afterwards in a state of self-delusion - laughing childishly and acting stupid - just like one of the stereotypes depicting short men to be.  Of course, any stereotype of short men is acceptable - just as long as it's negative.  Could anyone picture a similar commercial depicting a group as undesirable based on race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or even weight and using that image of undesirability to advance sales of their products?  And if there was such a commercial, could anyone imagine the backlash after it was aired?


Volkswagen Gets Into the Act


Volkswagen picks up where Honda left off.
  You'll notice that it's the guy's short height that is depicted disparagingly, NOT the woman's exceptionally TALL Height.  In other words we're supposed to celebrate when she finds a guy taller than she is.  The short guy can go to hell.  It's not important if he can find someone to date who's shorter than him, it's only important that SHE can find a TALL guy.  Imagine if this commercial negatively depicted ANY other group of individuals.



  - And So Does Ford



Driver:  You know this hybrid has a better fuel economy rating that the Prius V.
Passenger:  Oh really?  Great gas mileage and it looks good.
Driver:  Yeah.  So much better than choosing good looks OR great gas mileage.
Passenger:  It’d be like somebody being Large OR in-charge.
Tiny man standing on conference room table:  And there are 3 ways to do this:
My way, my way, and My way.  Do I make myself clear?!
Passenger in car:  I like ‘And’ better.
Driver:  Yeah.  (While shaking her head in the affirmative)
Commentator:  And IS better.  The 2014 Fusion Hybrid.  Ford gives you hybrid fuel economy and A LOT MORE.


This commercial has 3 races of people:  White, Black and Oriental.  It has men and Women.  It has young and old.  But apparently, judging by the reactions of all to the little old man on the conference room table that among different races, sexes and ages all can agree that a little man in charge is a joke.  They also depict the tiny man on the table’s voice in a very high pitch.  This is to emasculate him.  The commentator’s last few words are very telling:  Ford gives you hybrid fuel economy and A LOT MORE.  One would assume a lot more is good.

It’s all in your mind little man.

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Gospel Singing Now Includes Degrading songs about short people




Times sure have changed!!!  Now they sing Gospel about short people having 'no reason to live' (courtesy of Randy Newmans' 'Short People')   Short girl at first ashamed, (short man too) but then they get with it.  Start groovin' to their own degradation. Short man has the privilege of being body-slammed by 300 lb. woman, all in the middle of a religious service!!!  Both walk away like the fools that they are.





AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou laughs on television when told of an incident in which a dwarf performer was allegedly set on fire by a St Kilda player at "Mad Monday" celebrations.






MORE SHORT MAN BASHING, THIS TIME COURTESY OF SOMEONE NAMED STACEY LEVIN.  GETTING ANGRY LITTLE MAN?  REMEMBER:  IF YOU GET ANGRY, THAT ONLY PROVES WHAT A 'LOSER' YOU ARE.   JUST ASK THE GAL IN THE VIDEO.




Remember Alexandra Wallace?  She was the UCLA student, who, back in 2011 made the Youtube video below - 'Asians in the Library'.


For displaying this video she was written up harshly in almost all of the major media in the U.S. and abroad.  According to various sources even a spokesman for UCLA denounced it:  "The comments on there are contrary to the values the university believes in," university spokesman Phil Hampton said.  Miss Wallace was forced to withdraw from the University and even received death threats.  Contrast the above video with the one below from "Comedian" Frances DiLorinzo about "Short men" -



For the first video you get ridiculed from one end of the country to another and around the World, get forced to withdraw from your college, and even receive death threats.  For the second one (as long as it's about short men) you get a whole lot of laughs and get paid good money for doing it.

It's all in your mind little man.  You should just - "Get over it
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And here's another great comedian -




We've listened to several youtube videos from this guy, and even when he's not degrading short men he's not funny.  What's so interesting is that the people laugh at this guy's act even though he's not funny.  Slovenly morbidly-obese TALL MEN it would appear, are held in higher regard than short men - no matter what their accomplishments, be it Tom Cruise, Prince or any other short man.  He just does his act, then probably goes home, dives into some chicken wings, pizza, fried rice, beer, munchies - and who-the-hell knows what else - views some porn, goes to sleep, then by golly he's ready for another day tomorrow.  We'd like to take bets to see if this bum goes the way of other people like John Candy, Chris Farley and Jerry Garcia.

Incidentally, we don't mean to put this clown's name in with real celebrities.  We only meant to show that most folks who get heart attacks at young ages, do it to themselves.  To think that some clueless dumbed-down, self-destructing moron like this can use someone like Tom Cruise as the butt of his jokes is just unbelievable on its face.  What's even more unbelievable is that people actually laugh at this guy's act.  It seems that even a moron is smart enough to know that he can degrade short men and get away with it.  In this case, not just get away with it, but make money off of it.

SERIAL KILLER MYTHS EXPOSED   

BY Pat Brown

The victims of a serial killer all look alike

This myth no doubt materialized when neighborhoods were not interracial or multicultural. Since serial killers tend to kill just around the corner from where they live or where they work, the victims are just local folks. The most important issue for the killer is the ability to get a victim easily and successfully.

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The one noticeable similarity with almost all serial killer victims is their short height and low weight. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue should be the serial killer theme song. These small lightweight victims are easy to attack, easy to beat up, easy to carry or drag, easy to put in the trunk of a car, and easy to dispose of. Big victims are far too much work. Smallish men, smallish women, and children are easy for the killer too handle.

Read more . . .


It's not just serial killers that choose small targets; it's street punks, social predators, bullies at work and anyone else who needs an easy target for abuse.  Of course, this isn't viewed as "prejudice" or a "hate crime".
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ESQUIRE - THE HEIGHT REPORT

Tall men run faster, jump higher land more jobs, make more money, get more votes, and win more women.  But it's supposed to be a secret.

By Ralph Keyes

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Perhaps you remember Randy Newman's song 'Short People' - the one about short people having grubby little fingers and dirty little minds, got to pick 'em up just to say hello, no reason to live, and so on.  By his own testimony, its author meant no offense.  "It's just a joke," Newman explained when the song was released.  "You don't think it'll bother anybody, do?"

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"I don't get why people are so offended by it," he said.


Perhaps if Newman had said similar things about Blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, Muslims, Jews, Gays, Lesbians, Women, Bald men, Tall people, fat people, etc. in a song, he'd understand.  Actually we think he already does understand, and did at the time.  Newman's song has probably done more to promote heightism, than anything else in the history of the world with the possible exception of Alfred Adler's labeling short men with his famous "Napoleon Complex".
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Heights of Presidents and Presidential Candidates of the United States 
1789
- 1916
 


According to data from Wikipedia (and you can't always trust Wikipedia but we think that whoever updated this listing is correct) we counted 24 U.S. Presidential Elections before 1920 where the height of both/all candidates was known.  We also counted the short man winning 14 out of 24 times.  That's over 58% of the national elections won by the shorter man.  As a matter of fact the shortest U.S. President in history - James Madison - defeated a man almost a foot taller, yet the U.S. media always seems to harping on the fact that the taller man has won 80% of the Presidential Elections in the 20th Century.  They never seem to mention or cover the entire spectrum of elections since the late 18th Century.

Just another example of the extraordinary media bias toward the short man.

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How to Pick a Soldier for the Continental Army (No Short Guys Need Apply)   

By Rebecca Onion

Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 11:05 AM

This undated sheet, addressed to a “Col. Jackson,” issues instructions for enlistment of men in the Continental Army. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which holds the orders, believes that the addressee was Henry Jackson, who commanded various Massachusetts regiments between 1777 and 1784.

See it here.


It's all in your mind little man.

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Bucks County Courier March 26, 1975
Mounties Admit to Brainwashing


OTTAWA (UPI) - The Mountie always gets his man - even if it means using brainwashing, lies, deceit and sexism, according to a training manual.

In a 39-page manual used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's  training branch in Ottawa, officers are instructed to start questioning with everything that is "legal and right."
But if this fails, "I suggest the rules go out the window and the interrogator must open up his bag of tricks," the manual says.
The manual was brought before the House of commons by an angry lawmaker Tuesday who demanded an investigation, and a copy was obtained by UPI.

Special handling


The booklet advises special handling depending on whether suspects are fat, short . . .

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"In this approach we let the subject have a look at hell . . .  "The subject is interrogated at all hours, day or night.  He has been kept in isolation and has had most of his clothes taken away from him.

"He is dressed in a sloppy pair of coveralls.  he does not use his own shoes but instead is given a pair of shoes too large for him so that they slop about.  There are no shoelaces.  He has no belt to hold up his pants.

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The manual says being stripped of clothing and denied permission to contact friends or family the suspect "feels completely foresaken and forgotten and is at the lowest depths of despair."

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 - "Short physique:  If we think for a moment how many small men have become dictators: Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin.  All were men of relatively small stature.  Think back to your days on the beat.  It was always the little guy who caused the trouble and caused the fight."

Read more . . .

This isn't just brainwashing.  It's profiling of Short men.  Blatant, in-your-face profiling, not like the type of profiling that police departments are often accused of doing with respect to things like race.  This was actually written into the training manual, and if it wasn't for the alleged sexism contained in the manual, would probably still be written into the manual today.  No lawmaker  would demand an investigation if the manual just profiled short men.  That would never happen.  It wouldn't happen in 1975 and it wouldn't happen today.
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GET A LOAD OF THIS - EVEN SHORT DOGS ARE NOW BEING LABELLED WITH A
"COMPLEX" --


Small dogs behave badly, like short men: study

December 18, 2013

If there's one thing we're finding now, it's the blanket and extremely biased and unfounded assertion that short men have some sort of innate behavioral disorder.  This is being presented by media more and more.  The title of this article just flatly asserts it, and it's becoming so ludicrous that even small dogs are being targeted as unusually violent.  Just read the above - "a canine equivalent of short man syndrome".  This dog also has a Black face.  Can we imagine what would happen if the title of this article was - "Black dogs behave badly, like Black men".   Ditto for any other group.  There aren't even any crime statistics based on height, and the article's title blatantly labels short men.  What the F*** is wrong with short men that they don't say anything about things like this???


Are women not interested in short men?
 
Article advises short men to only chat with short women.  The problem is, some one should tell that to short women. (and Tall men)
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Societies Views on Short Statured
  

Samantha Hayes
The Unknown Discrimination
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From 'The Power and Paradox of Physical Attractiveness'

by Gordon L. Patzer 

Height plays a serious role as a body component within physical attractiveness phenomenon with shorter and taller heights typically assoicated correspondingly with lower and higher physical attractiveness.  Despite occasional divergences where extreme tallness is a detriment, shorter than average males of all ages seem most negatively affected by this body component while taller than average males are most positively affected through an unchallenged discrimination based on height.

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John Kenneth Galbraith, a highly esteemed economist who stood 6'8" tall, expressed well the bias in favor of tallness when quoted in the Christian Science Monitor as saying that height is one of society's "most blatant and forgiven prejudices."  

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All cultures have a subtle and even not-so-subtle predisposition against shorter people in favor of taller people, especially for males.

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Whether American press shapes or reflects society, it plays a notable role in attitudes about height.  A content analysis performed outside of exacting scientific procedure investigated whether the press deals withj individuals differently as a function of their height.  Results of this content analysis documented that descriptive writings by the press predominantly treat males and females most favorably when they are taller as opposed to shorter.


It's all in your mind little man.  You should just "Get over it".


THE WANTON LABELING OF SHORT GUYS


Two kids boxing a 3-round informal match with boxing gloves on.  But somehow, some way, the shorter kid must have  "Little Man Syndrome" judging from the titile given to the video.  Tall kid just natural and wonderful.  No "Syndrome" there!!!



A short man on a shooting range.  Proof positive that he has "Short man syndrome" acording to the title of this one.  I guess when a short guy goes to a pistol range it's to "prove something" or because he's hyper-aggressive.  Tall men on a shooting range are just fine apparently.  They just go there to practice their shooting skills for self-defense against those little Napoleons.

If you look at the above videos there is absolutely nothing in these videos to indicate that either the short boy in the video on the left or the short guy in the video on the right are doing anything that would indicate that they have some sort of "syndrome".  These videos are perfect examples of how people label and profile short boys and short men.  They do it right in your face wantonly and in the two cases above without any evidence at all.  And when the short guy protests, he's told it's "all in his mind".  Wake the F*** Up short guys.


 
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Broadcast of November 1, 2013
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Interview with former NOSSA secretary
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January 25, 2013

The "Napoleon Complex"
Part II

January 22, 2013

The "Napoleon Complex"
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The Plight of the Short Man
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Interview with Winston Wu Part I
April 20, 2012

Interview with Winston Wu Part II
April 20, 2012

Interview with Brian Nosek
March 19, 2012

Interview with Tom Samaras
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Questions to Ask Yourself
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THE HARVARD IAT


Here is a list of the current Implicit Association Tests listed on the Project Implicit website:

Gender-Career IAT 
Religion IAT 
Presidents IAT 
Age IAT 
Arab-Muslim IAT
Race IAT   
Asian IAT
Asian American
Gender-Science IAT
Weight IAT
Weapons IAT
Sexuality IAT
Disability IAT
Native IAT
Skin-tone IAT

    
The Height IAT was available on the Harvard.edu website in 2008.  It’s appearance coincided almost exactly with the initial airing of the Documentary – ‘S&M:  Short and Male’.  After a few months it disappeared.  It has not returned as of August 2014; yet all during this time the IAT for ‘Weight’ has been there, even though weight is largely a personal choice.  Gender appears not just once, but twice – ‘Gender-Career’ and ‘Gender-Science’.  It would seem that ‘Race’ appears not just once, but twice – once as ‘Race’ and possibly also as ‘Skin tone’.  Some other IAT’s that have appeared all during this time would be ‘Presidents’, 'Native', 'Arab-Muslim' and 'Asian'.
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More Heightism   



This video was so interesting and so instructive that we thought we'd put it on the home page instead of on the Video's page. It's entitled "Tall People". Notice that there are 3 Tallers, consisting of 2 guys and a girl. Notice that the Tallers get fully 2/3's of the time of the video. The short guy, (who's blatantly depicted in the tall folks' segment acting like a jerk) gets to state his case all alone with the infamous and degrading Randy Newman song "Short People" playing in the background and he gets only 1/3 of the time. Notice that the short guy is all alone, no friend and no pretty girl for him.  Notice also that whether it's tall or short talking, there's always something TALL in the background.  And who's participating in his own degradation by taking part in this video?  That's right - A SHORT GUY.  You'd be hard pressed to find 2 proud short men and 1 proud short woman making a video telling Tallers not to harass, discriminate, socially ostracize them, not to get paid more for doing the same work, not to violate their personal zone of space or assault them, and otherwise showing even the smallest semblance of righteous anger.  You'd be even more hard pressed finding a Taller to act like a jerk in some short persons' video for the sake of short people.  The brief clip ends with, "Thanks for a very short minute of your time" - The short people.

It's all in your mind little man. You should just - "Get Over it".
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ABC US News | ABC Business News

April 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:

If 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.





LITTLE AKASH SHUKLA THE STAR OF S&M:  SHORT AND MALE, SHOWS US THE TRUE "MEASURE OF A MAN".  HE WENT FROM 4'11 1/2" TO 5'2" AND NOW HIS LIFE HAS CHANGED IN OH SO MANY WAYS!  (FIVE-FEET TWO IS ABOUT 8 INCHES BELOW AVERAGE HEIGHT) AFTER HIS OLD MAN PROBABLY SPENT OVER $150,000, LITTLE AKASH NOW WANTS TO GET SOME MONEY BACK FOR HIS DAD, WITH A NEW BOOK.  ($150,000 IS ABOUT 3 YEARS SALARY FOR MANY PEOPLE)  CHECK THESE PHOTOS OUT.  LITTLE AKASH SEEMS MORE LIKE 4 OR 5 INCHES TALLER NOW.  WHOOPS!  FORGOT ABOUT THOSE RICHLEES!!!  COULD YOU PICTURE A BLACK MAN APPEARING ON THE HUFFINGTON POST WITH A BOTTLE OF SKIN-WHITENER AFTER BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR BEING BLACK AND WRITING A BOOK ABOUT HOW IT CHANGED HIS LIFE?


COSMETIC LEG LENGTHENING TRAGEDY IN IRAN




Woman Fired for Being Too Short and Looking Too Young






CELEBRATING ARIANNE 'SUPREMACY'



ARIANNE PROUD THAT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SHORT PEOPLE ENABLES TALL PEOPLE TO MAKE MORE MONEY.  (ABOUT $1,000 PER INCH PER YEAR)  DON'T FORGET TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL STAND TALL WEEK.


PUTIN ACCUSED OF "SHORT MAN SYNDROME"




No short man on earth is exempt from being labeled on the basis of his height, not even the President of the largest country in the World.  Vladimir Putin rides a 3-wheel Harley Davidson and that proves he's got "a problem" with his height according to this guy.  "He gets on his bike and he's playing like "Mr. Macho Harley" . . . "  according to this guy, even though this guy admits he rides a standard 2-wheel motorcycle himself.  Short men can't even ride a "trike" without annoying some tall guy that thinks his - and only his - ilk has a patent on anything that in any way shape or form conforms to any kind of masculine stereotype.   Short men are not allowed to do anything that can possibly threaten the ego of taller and/or larger men without being called on the carpet for it and wantonly labeled.

"LITTLE DICK GETS TRICKED"


Comments:
GREAT FIND: A short guy gets caked, laughed at and has his manhood (or at least his height) demeaned in front of the entire office! I used the info from this description provided in the flckr account from the original video to add content to the re-edit. I then found additional footage of this guy from company videos and folded it in.
From FLCKR:
"Richard/RICK: King of Sales - but also king of the SHORT MAN COMPLEX - overly aggressive, full of himself and totally conceited for someone who is only 5 ft 7 inches tall and often toxic. That's why we nicknamed him, "Little DICK!" We had a meeting that ended with a huge dessert spread provided to us by one of our clients. All day long Rick Addeo made fun of Gregg's weight saying he couldn't eat anything from the table. When Gregg went to partake in some cake, Rick thought he'd be clever and grab the cake from him. Gregg promptly creamed our little dick good!. The big issue was not smashing cake in Rick's face (long time coming), but that Gregg actually called Rick "Little Dick," right to his face (something that we NEVER do publicly). It got huge laughs - but exploded into a giant human resources issue by end of day! And our HR officer had trouble addressing it because she's called Rick, "LITTLE DICK" behind his back, too!


Put up on YouTube by a character who calls himself 'Jackson Bovo', who appears to like videos of short or scrawny men getting pies thrown in their faces.  In the videos on his YouTube channel most of the people throwing the pies are either women or Bigger men - bigger men than their targets of course.  But that's okay.  Just as long as they're not short men.  That would be evidence of "Short man Syndrome".

Heightism is subtle.  It's all "sub-conscious".


From the 'LIFT AND CARRY 'GRILS'



The description of this video at youtube is:  Muscle worship is a social behaviour, usually with a sexual aspect (a form of body worship), in which a participant, the worshiper, touches the muscles of another participant, the dominator . . .  This video has nothing to do with "muscle worship", instead it has all to do with a very short man allowing himself to be demeaned and emasculated by a girl young enough to be his daughter.  And make no mistake, they're not putting a gun to this man's head and making him do this.  He's willingly participating in his own humiliation.  This is the state of affairs right now for the short-statured.  The owner('s) of this youtube channel can't even spell the word 'Girl'.

TALL PEOPLE PROBLEMS


You see short people, aren't you glad that you don't have "Tall People Problems"?

Melissa Rauch (4'11) Doesn't Like Short Guys






Short Man Bitch-Slapped in Hong Kong!!



Must be Hegemonic Masculinity.


Muhammad Ali didn't like a Taller man getting too close





Listen to Angelo Dundee at 1:33:  “ . . . my man’s no midget.  He’s SIX FOUR now, and he uses his height to full advantage.”  He’s 6’4” “now”???  What was Ali, still growing???  Ali was 6’2 ½” or 6’3”.  Just another example of how people make either themselves or their fighter taller than they really are.  At 1:58 Ali and Terrell meet with Howard Cosell standing by.  Between 1:58 and 2:58 you can hear Ali say to Terrell 5 times:  “Back off a me”!  Ali was known to get in the face of virtually everybody he fought in those days before the fight.  This was the only time we ever heard Muhammad Ali say to another fighter before a fight to “Back Off”.  Apparently Ali – like most other tall men – did not like a taller man to get too close to him.  And the reasoning is simple:  He did not like to look up to another man who was taller than he was.  He also did not want others to see Terrell’s height advantage up close.  Now remember that Ali was 6’2 ½” or 6’3”. 

And they accuse short men of a “Napoleon Complex”.

BEATLE PAUL MCCARTNEY MEETS A VERY TALL MAN    (OLDIE BUT A GOODIE)


Ringo Starr (5'6") of The Beatles didn't react to the height of the very Tall men interviewing him.  Paul McCartney (5'11") did.  Said McCartney:  Be Tall!  Be Tall! - While standing on his tiptoes in an apparent attempt to match the height of 'Cousin' Brucie.  This is a typical reaction of tall or semi-tall men when meeting very tall men.  I'm sorry, what did you say, I did not hear you?  "But that was 50 years ago!!!"  Really?  And what has changed in the interim
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From 'Happier Abroad'
by Winston Wu


The danger in dating a taller woman is that she may be ok with it at first, but often later on she will regret it and realize that she would be happier with a taller man. That has happened to me before.

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NOSSA SCAM

HERE'S THE PROOF OF WHEN NOSSA, THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF SHORT STATURED ADULTS REALLY BEGAN

THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF SHORT STATURED ADULTS - the organization that a then Long Island New York native named Matthew Salvatore Campisi age 36 (DOB 10/11/77) was forced to start on November 14, 2006 after my complaints to state agencies about the website - www.nossaonline.org being fraudulently represented by the same Matthew Campisi as the website of a legitimate incorporated non-profit.  Campisi fraudulently represented the website from September 2005 to November 13, 2006.  In that time Campisi was ingathering money in membership fees and donations under the false representation.  Campisi responded to one of the state agencies that I complained to (The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) with a multi-page statement containing multiple false statements about me in an apparent attempt to implicate me in his own actions.  Campisi has since been all over the country fleeing from one location to another, and even giving hardcore Pornsite interviews.  Could Campisi be a hardcore Porn performer too?  (Please see the 'NOSSA FILES')

On Friday, May 17, 2013 the famous NOSSA blog (which is still on the Internet)  posted this:

NOSSA Closes It's Doors
NOSSA - National Organization Of Short Statured Adults, Inc. is no longer in operation . . .  We wish everyone who has supported us through the years only the best. Thank you! 


However as of April 21, 2014, The New York State Secretary of State's Office has, The National Organization of Short Statured Adults, Inc. listed as 'ACTIVE'.  The Wikipedia entry for National Organization of Short Statured Adults, also FALSELY has NOSSA listed as an 'Unincorporated Association'.  We suspect that most of the information on the Wikepedia entry for National Organization of Short Statured Adults was placed there by the same two-bit petty con artist named Matthew Salvatore Campisi originally from Babylon New York. 
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The long and the short of it   (NEW)

Wednesday 2 April 2014 4:35PM
Amanda Smith


Studies have demonstrated an unconscious bias against short men . . .

Howard Goldberg is five-foot-three and a half (161cm). The hardest thing, he says, is to make a strong first impression. 'When you walk in to a room and you're short, you're lucky if you can see above the person standing in front of you. You just have to turn on the personality.’

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Developing a community of like-heighted people is also the idea behind social group Tall People United, established by Petra Tyers. Ashleigh Keller is Ms Tyers’ daughter. At six-foot-one, or just over 185 cm, she's often felt uncomfortable standing out from the crowd.

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In his documentary S & M: Short and Male Canadian film-maker Howard Goldberg cites a Harvard study that uses a test called the Implicit Association Test.They found that for men, both sexes have an automatic preference for height. 'So there's a subconscious bias against short males,’ Goldberg says.

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There's also an audio part to this article.  The audio depicts the same film-maker as saying, "I think the best thing a short person can do is completely forget about being short and don't see that film". 

Short film-maker throws in the towel.

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TALL CLUBS INTERNATIONAL IN THE NEWS




LISTEN SHORT PEOPLE, AND LEARN . . .
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THE LAST NIGHT OF A JOCKEY



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Mickey Rooney dies at 93




By Adam Bernstein, Monday, April 7, 6:59 PM

The irrepressible performer Mickey Rooney, who died April 6 at 93, began appearing before audiences at 15 months in his parents’ vaudeville act, singing “Pal o’ My Cradle Days” while sporting a tuxedo and holding a rubber cigar.

So launched a nine-decade career of unapologetic scene-stealing — he could sing, dance, play drums and do pathos, pratfalls and impersonations — that once made him the top box-office draw in the world.

Read more . . .
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NEW BROADCAST - ROCK STAR COMES FORWARD TO SPEAK!!!


BROADCAST OF APRIL 1, 2014  PART I; PART II


SHORT MEN STARTING TO WAKE UP
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NEW BROADCAST!!! - NOW THE UK SPEAKS

BROADCAST OF MARCH 28, 2014  JOE INTERVIEWS DAVE ROBINSON OF UNDER-FIVE-EIGHT.CO.UK

Part I; Part II

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'Short-statured' former female deputy receives $215K settlement from Saginaw County   

By Andy Hoag | ahoag@mlive.com

on March 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM, updated March 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM


SAGINAW, MI — Destinee Bryce, the woman who settled a height and gender discrimination lawsuit with Saginaw County and its sheriff department, will receive $215,000, documents show.

Bryce, 24, entered into the settlement Feb. 19, when the county increased its offer in the hours prior to closing arguments in her trial.

The settlement, obtained by The Saginaw News through the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, states that the county “expressly” denies any liability.

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Bryce, who was a part-time county sheriff's deputy in the field-training officer program when she was fired, said her lawsuit was “not about the money” and instead was to ensure “that this doesn't happen to other short-statured females.”


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Study finds genetic link between height and IQ  
by Bob Yirka

March 5, 2014

A team of researchers at Edinburgh University in Scotland has found a correlation between genes associated with height and those associated with intelligence. In their paper published in the journal Behavior Genetics, the group describes how they studied the DNA of 6,815 unrelated people and discovered what they describe as a direct correlation between height and intelligence—taller people are smarter, they say.

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So if you're looking for a MENSA or even just a plain old rocket scientist, all you have to do try the NBA, the NFL or the WWE.  The talent is "immeasurable".
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The 'Big' Two


 
Alfred Adler                                             Randy Newman


These two men are probably responsible for more prejudice against  short people than any other two persons in history.  Adler is the "psychologist" who coined the phrase "Napoleon Complex" which the media (and everyone else) has used as a legitimate labeling device for short men.  No psychologist or scientist in history has so wantonly labeled an entire group of people without the tiniest bit of scientific or experimental evidence as Adler did in the case of short men.  Adler's label was apparently based on nothing more than his own personal bias.  Randy Newman, of course, is the singer/songwriter of the infamous song, "Short People", which Newman claimed was a satire about prejudice.  Picture Newman's song  about "prejudice" targeting people based on race, religion, skin color, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic background, etc. and you begin to understand just how long Newman's career would have lasted after writing such a song.  At this point in 2014, things are getting progressively worse for the short-statured as both the media and society in general seem to be on the prowl for a group that can be wantonly targeted, since so many other groups today based on the above traits have representation and political power.  They seemed to have found that target in short people, and particularly Short men.

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‘Three-parent’ babies raise issues of government oversight, subsidies  

1:35 PM 02/28/2014





The Food and Drug Administration has considered, but rendered no decisions, on the merits and drawbacks of “three-parent babies,” the new lingo for embryos modified to place the nuclear DNA of the biological mother and father into the mitochondrial “shell” of a healthy donor. The procedure is intended only to eradicate diseases of the mitochondria, and the nuclear DNA of the baby is still from the biological mother and father. According to CNN, however, the procedure has both laymen and some medical ethicists worried about the possibility of “designer babies” or “super babies” being created using the same basic methods. As the technology improves and proliferates to more medical clinics, will parents try to gain a competitive edge for their offspring by having their DNA tweaked, engineered, or augmented using the help of some donor DNA? To many opposed to the prospect of “designer” babies, the result would be similar to the 1997 film “Gattaca,” starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, in which society has evolved tiered strata based on genetic engineering. Only those who were genetically engineered to be free from any possible disease, defect, abnormality, or tendency toward shortness . . .

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Society already has "tiered strata", with short people - and short men in particular - at the bottom.
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BROADCAST OF FEBRUARY 20, 2014 Part I; Part II

Joe interviews Leslie Rott Ph.D.
  The first woman interviewed on the issue of heightism Leslie Rott, the author of “You’re so Short!”: the Stigma (and Disability) of Being a Short Woman.  This is a barn-burner of a broadcast where 2 intellectuals get together for the first time.  This is a MUST listen to!!!
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NOW EVEN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IS GETTING ON THE  SHORT-BASHING BANDWAGON (although not as bad as some of the others)

Short People Got … Lots of Reasons to Legitimately Feel Paranoid


A virtual-reality study sheds light on the way non-tall people perceive the world.

By Diane Cole
for National Geographic

Published February 16, 2014


Your physical height can affect your emotional state of mind, according to a new study.

We already know that language bestows positive value on people of tall stature: We look up to them rather than down. And various studies have found correlations between being taller and earning more.

Now virtual reality is adding to the understanding of the short state of mind. A study conducted at Oxford University and published in December 2013 used avatars to let participants go through the virtual experience of riding a subway at their normal height and then at that height reduced by ten inches.

For the study, 60 women—none with a history of mental illness, but all of whom had recently reported mistrustful thoughts—donned headsets and viewed monitors as they participated in two 3-D virtual-reality trips on the London subway system.

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In one ride, the avatar representing the participant was reduced in height by 25 centimeters—a little less than ten inches. That's "approximately the height of a head" in the words of Oxford clinical psychologist and lead researcher Daniel Freeman.

The results: Participants reported that during the ride in which they were made to feel shorter, they felt more vulnerable, more negative about themselves, and had a greater sense of paranoia. "The key to this study was there were no reasons for mistrust," says Freeman. Yet when the participants saw the world from a height that was a head shorter than usual, "they thought people were being more hostile or trying to isolate them."


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They do a study with women of all heights - presumably - then when the women are put in a virtual reality situation where they're made to feel shorter - by 25 centimeters - National Geographic claims the study "sheds light on the way non-Tall people perceive the World??? Notice the phrase "non-Tall".  It's like there's Tall people in the world and then there's everyone else. 
They take a bunch of women with "mistrustful thoughts", whatever the Fu** that means, then take them through a virtual reality scenario on a London subway train, where the people (both men and women) are depicted as being well over 6 feet in height and then the conclusions are that "they felt more vulnerable, more negative about themselves, and had a greater sense of paranoia".  A greater sense of paranoia?!  Do you mean to tell me they had a "sense of Paranoia" to begin with? - The article states that they had no history of mental illness, but because they were made to feel "short" now they had a GREATER SENSE of paranoia???  Did you notice the phrase "the short state of mind"?  Imagine any other group based on any other trait, and the National Geographic stating something like, "The Black state of mind"?!  "The Hispanic state of mind"?!  "The Muslim state of mind"?!  "The Gay state of mind"?  Could you even imagine, "The Fat state of mind"?!  How much evidence do short people need before they wake up to the fact that they're second class citizens and a highly discriminated against group with zero political power?
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Height and Romance   
February 13, 2014 By George Yancey

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One of the biggest surprises was the advantage tall men gained due to their height. That was good for me since I am 6’-3” but it still surprised me since I did not see what the big deal was about being with a tall guy. Yet I had more than a few women, some of them quite tall, indicate that they would not date a man shorter than them and a smaller, but nontrivial, number of women indicating that the man they dated had to be several inches taller than she. Why height was so important to women just bedazzled me.

As I talked to Mike about this, it became clear that he did not have any answers to that question either. Then we both realized that we were social scientists and could actually design a research study that could satisfy our curiosity. Only nerds would think of such a study as fun but we are nerds. Since we both have tenure, we did not mind wasting some of our research time on a “fun” study. Well it was not a complete waste of time since the research comes out this month in the Journal of Family Issues. With research like this, maybe after I am done with sociology of religion, I will just become a relationship counselor.

We used some of my old data from online personal advertisements, which I collected when investigating issues of interracial dating, and collected data from open-ended questions sent to students at a public university. The advertisements provided a quantitative context for the qualitative findings from the open-ended questions. Whenever possible I prefer using mixed methods to gain a holistic perspective on the particular research question to be studied.

Some of our findings fit with previous research on height and heterosexual attraction. First, height is more important to women than it is to men. In the dating world one is better off being a tall woman than a short man.

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Read their lips:  "In the dating world one is better off being a tall woman than a short man."
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SHORT MEN CAUSE ALL THE TROUBLE IN THE WORLD   

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Because I Care #45


I will say again, as a presidential hopeful come 2015, I have nothing against small people. However, great writers before me have articulated the problem with short men. Ian Fleming, the writer of the James Bond novels, for example said of short men:

“They grew up from childhood with an inferiority complex. All their lives they would strive to be big - bigger than the others who had teased them as a child. Napoleon had been short, and Hitler. It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world.”

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Some comments -

Bayo Tayo: Elnathan the Great! One piece, assorted issues. More ink to your pen.
Poinlicious:  Sigh. I love this man :D
Unknown:  You write beautifully. Brilliant
Lort Asriel:  i love this
nkiacha aternnkeng: 
Great satirist, wicked pen

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EVERYONE NOW JUMPING ON THE "SHORT MAN SYNDROME" BANDWAGON IN AFTERMATH OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY SO-CALLED "STUDY"
(Even short dogs are now targets of wanton labeling)


Short Man Syndrome Really Exists
Posted: 31 January 2014


Short Man Syndrome does exist
30 January 2014, 11:29

Study Shows ‘Short Man Syndrome’ is Real
by College Fix Staff on January 30, 2014

Short man syndrome does exist, research finds
1:11pm, Wed 29 Jan 2014


Short Man Syndrome Really Does Exist, Oxford Uni Finds
January 29, 2014

Short man syndrome actually exists according to Oxford University researchers
January 29, 2014

“SHORT MAN SYNDROME” REALLY EXISTS? Check This Out!

Short Man Syndrome and Its Effect on Dating
Victoria S. / January 29, 2014    

Scientists Believe Short Man Syndrome Is Real
Posted, 2014-01-29

Feeling Short Makes People Paranoid, Mistrustful
Jan 29, 2014 01:07 PM EST By Jaleesa Baulkman, UniversityHerald Reporter


Short man syndrome DOES exist, Oxford University says so
Paranoid things come in small packages, apparently.

Jan 29 11:18 AM


Study finds feeling short makes people prone to paranoia
LONDON Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:02pm EST


Evidence mounting small dogs suffer small-man syndrome
Date: December 18, 2013

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The late John Kenneth Galbraith (6'8") Harvard PhD, and JFK's Ambassador to India may have said it best:


"The bias in favor of Tallness is one of society's most blatant and forgiven prejudices".

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IT IS NOW OPEN SEASON ON SHORT MEN.  NOW MALAYSIA GETS INTO THE ACT  

Friday, 07 February 2014 15:26

-- from the Malaysian Chronicle:

How to kiss, according to 1936 book The Art of Kissing

REMEMBER that time you saw your 90-year-old grandparents snogging like it was their last day on Earth and wished you could kiss the old-fashioned way?

Well boy, have we got a treat for you. It turns out a bloke called Hugh Morris wrote an advice book called The Art of Kissing back in 1936, and its nuggets of poetic wisdom are still available to lovers today.

Let's run through the best bits. You can thank us for resurrecting your love life later.


Unless you're a short guy, that is. Morris essentially says shorties should give up and go home to their comic books right now.



"A man must be able to sweep a woman into his strong arms, tower over her, look down into her eyes, cup her chin in his fingers, and then bend over her face and plant his eager, virile lips on her moist, slightly parted, inviting ones," he writes.

"All of these are impossible where the woman is the taller of the two. When the situation is reversed, the kiss becomes a ludicrous banality."

Now, if the man were shorter, this would be ALL WRONG. Source: News Limited


OK, are all the short men gone now? Good.

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The average height of Malaysian men is approximately 5'5".  I wonder who wrote this article? ---- Oh Wait!!!  The exact same article was published in Australia too!!!  Who the hell is doing this???
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‘Exposing Heightism’, the retweets of hostile and hateful tweets about short men mostly from young women and teenage girls has now disappeared into the night.  (NEW)

The man never actually bothered to give his name (assuming it was a ‘he’), as most Internet yokels do not give their name, especially people who make comments about this topic, but he did do short men a valuable service by exposing the incredible hate for short men coming from mostly young women on Twitter.  The first time that I saw Exposing Heightism even I couldn’t believe the incredible hatred of young women for short men.  Just to give you a sampling:

Raisa@_AmorPuro  - short guys have no place on this earth
kylie@babykyy -  I despise short guys
Mary Alice @maryalicee_ - I can’t stand short guys
Bap calendar @preteenager -  I’m going to make short men illegal
Redd @pr3ttyinpink88 – I feel insulted when short guys try to talk to me
Glo @notgloriaboyd – Short men are lesser beings.
IG : alwaysemm  @killa_emm – I fucking hate short guys !
Babe . @SpadeOVOXO – short men are so evil probably because they are so close to the devil …..
Elyssabeth Roetzer @_elssabeth – My hatred for short guys grows more and more everyday
Milkybar @tigersteffi  - Short men should be hunted and made extinct.
Katrina Byrd @MiiRealitYizME – Short men (under 5’10) have no purpose in this world…
Araceli     @Lovelyshelly_  I freaking hate short guys.  Like why do u even exist ? Haha

And this is just a very small sample of the incredible hate expressed on Twitter by mostly young women for short men.
 


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Another short guy gives up in disgust.

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Short People are Paranoid and Suspicious, Says Science 

By Denver Nicks

Jan. 29, 2014

The Napoleon complex has been explained.

Short people are mistrustful of others and prone to paranoia, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal Psychiatry Research. 
Oxford researchers sent 60 women on two simulated rides in London subways populated by both men and women, lowering their virtual vantage point by 25 centimeters in one of the rides. Participants, though often unaware that they’d just been shrunken slightly, reported markedly increased feelings of paranoia while seeing through the eyes of a shorter avatar.

“The results were very clear,” the study says. Making people shorter “led to more negative evaluations of the self compared with others and greater levels of paranoia.” Researchers say the study “provides strong demonstration of the importance of social status to the occurrence of paranoid fears.”

Though only women were included in the Oxford study about how paranoid short people are, researchers predict the results in a study on males would be even more striking, since men tend to place greater social importance on height.


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This article's title is slightly less disingenuous compared with some others.  Instead of labeling short men based on a study of ALL WOMEN, they choose to label the whole group of short people, based on a study of all women.  The researchers however, "predict" that those awful short men would really show us paranoia.  Oh darn!  If only they did this "experiment" with just short men!! Then we could really prove how bad short men are! 

The Napoleon Complex has been explained - by doing a study including only women.

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HUFFPOST LIVE  

Monday February 3, 2014



The Huffington Post interviews 3 short men in a segment relating to the bogus "Short Man Syndrome".  About as expected.  Three "cool" short guys interviewed, including an annoying "comedian".  No real issues discussed.  The webmaster was invited for this segment, but was unable to attend.
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Feeling short makes people prone to paranoia: Study 

Reuters | London | Updated: Jan 29 2014, 11:26 IST

The research shows
how low self-esteem
can lead to paranoid
thinking, the scientists said.




People who experience social situations from a lower height - in other words short people - are more prone to feelings of paranoia, inferiority and excessive mistrust, according to research published on Wednesday.

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 health problem.

"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:




NOTICE HOW EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS DEPICTED AS MUCH TALLER THAN AVERAGE.  THIS SO-CALLED SCIENCE IS JUST ANOTHER VEILED ATTEMPT AT DENIGRATING SHORT STATURED PEOPLE - ESPECIALLY MEN.  THE WOMEN ALL APPEAR TO BE ALMOST 6 FEET IN HEIGHT AND THE MEN ARE DEPICTED AS BEING A GOOD DEAL OVER 6 FEET IN HEIGHT JUDGING BY EXPERIENCE.  NOW IF YOU THINK THE TITLE OF THE ABOVE ARTICLE IS HIGHLY BIASED PLEASE STAND BY . . .

Short man syndrome really does exist, Oxford University finds
Feeling smaller makes people feel paranoid, mistrustful and more likely to think that people are staring or talking about them, a study by Oxford University finds
 
 

By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent
7:00AM GMT 29 Jan 2014

Short man syndrome really does exist, Oxford University academics have found, after a study showed feeling smaller makes people paranoid, distrustful and scared of others.

Scientists used virtual reality technology to reduce the height of volunteers travelling on a computer-simulated Tube train by 10in (25cm).

The experience of being shorter increased reports of negative feelings, such as being incompetent, dislikeable or inferior.

It also heightened levels of mistrust, fear and paranoia.


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The so-called "Study" used 60 WOMEN as subjects in this so-called "experiment, women who weren't even necessarily short.  The conclusion:  "SHORT MAN SYNDROME REALLY DOES EXIST".  THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE AND THE WRITER OF THE TITLE IS A WOMAN.

It's all in your mind little man, you should just - Get over it.
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Short man Short men Short Man's rebuttal to Cultural Myths & Western biases toward Short men 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Short people discrimination Short man's proof to argue against the myths of Napoleon Syndrome, Evolution, Short Man's Syndrome

Where's my soap box?  Lights, microphone but no audience.   Nobody wants to read this! Yeah?? But, here we go anyway-man. And man, did I have a lot to write.  Would you tell others I am ugly?  Would you call me ugly to my face?

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First off, Napoleon syndrome does not exist. Napoleon was 5"6 around the time when the average height was 5"5. Short man syndrome also does not exist.

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How many media, propaganda, commercials ridicule height?  The credit score commercials with 3 men show a short 5”4 ish, fat, bald man digging in his ears and smelling his underarms with a low-short 583 score standing next to taller and more attractive facially and body wise men with higher credit scores.  The take away is taller men don't only look better than short men, but also are more physically fit, smiling and happy, wealthier, and better investors. The taller man also taps the shorter man on his back and bullies him out of the space the shorter man occupies.

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According to ABC news and numerous studies women will choose a tall prisoner with no job who has terrible social skills and is not likable before they choose a short man of 5'4 who is kind and professional.


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A new blog from a short man.
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Short men have to deal with an enormous stigma when it comes to romance.
Published on January 3, 2014 by Seth Meyers, Psy.D. in Insight Is 20/20


It's true that some women are sexually attracted and open to dating a short man, but a quick poll of your friends—or any group of adults, for that matter—will quickly confirm just how stigmatized short men are in our culture.

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Do women see short men as lepers? Not quite, though it does seem that most women feel that short men aren't relationship material. Having heard short male clients of mine complain about their jeopardized status in the dating pool, I can speak for at least some of them when I say that short men believe that women see them as less than or deficient, as if models pulled off an assembly line because they don’t measure up to the others. If we conceptualize the dynamic along a continuum of developmental stages, it’s as if women see short men as awkward teens stunted in time, desperate at a school dance and relegated to the side wall.

In short, it seems that somehow short men aren’t perceived as real men.


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Short men are not just stigmatized in the dating area.  They're victims of wanton discrimination and prejudice in other areas like the workplace for example.  They make less money for doing the same work.  They're not promoted as often.  When they are promoted they tend to make less money than they would if they were tall or taller.  They've been profiled in police training manuals in a fashion that no race, religion, ethnic group or anyone else would tolerate.   They're locked out of professional sports in the United States.  They're locked out of boardrooms (The average height of a Fortune 500 executive is over 6 feet).  Comments directed at them on Twitter by young women would be considered hate crimes if based on race, religion, skin color, sex, sexual orientation or other traits.  When the hell are these so-called "psychologists" going to drop the dating issue and start calling a spade a spade?
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Broadcast of November 22, 2013 - Joe kicks off with a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy and discusses his attendance at the Symposium on the Assassination.  The webmaster talks about how the accused assassin was continuously paraded about with significantly taller Dallas Police officers making him appear to be a "little man".  Joe then leads the discussion quite rapidly into the topic of heightism and also how authoritarians and society in general look down upon short men.

Photo section
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SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY BROADCAST! 

BROADCAST OF NOVEMBER 1, 2013
(PART I, PART II)
- Joe really attacks heightism, height bigots, "Tiny Toms" and expose some of the most common stiuations the short guy faces.  Joe talks about the heightism documentary he participated in in 2006 and Women's reactions to tall men.  Brent adds a new dimension to the webmaster's vast experience.  The broadcast makes for 90+ minutes of information no short person should miss!!!
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Broadcast of October 18, 2013 - A very interesting discussion with former NOSSA secretary.
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This is What Social Justice Looks Like



The Button:



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Hate Crimes
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).

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 ---  below are two posts from the same individual taken from 'Sociological Images' dated October 2011
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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'.)
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