A label originally hung on short men by a "psychologist" named Alfred Adler more than 100 years ago. It had no basis in experimental evidence. It was coined by Adler out of his own personal bias. For decades the phrase remained dormant. Only recently has it begun to take off. The reason for this we believe, is the unavailability of previously available societal "targets" based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, and a few others. Some derivations of the so-called "Napoleon Complex" are "Short Man Complex", "Short Man Syndrome", "Napoleon Syndrome", "Little Man Complex", and "Little Man Syndrome". Twitter displays some of the worst height bigots on the planet, and many of them use these phrases along with others. Please visit our Twitter page to see the incredible prejudice against short men.
Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
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.
Below are two posts from the same individual taken from 'Sociological Images'
dated October 2011 --
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.
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'.)
Hey Joe, this is Jeffery Stillwell. You did manage to be a little more friendly on the phone than you were (garbled), Uh, you got that keyboard warrior thing going on with you I take it, but anyhow, uh, I don’t see any reason why I want to talk to you, but you seem to have a feeling that you want to talk to me, and put me in my place somehow, so I’m willing to let you have that. If it does something for you, makes you feel better about yourself, I’m mostly here, but I don’t answer my calls if it comes from a private number and I don’t really take calls that I’m not expecting, so, uh, you might want to, uh, touch back with me in a couple of days and after our holiday is over, you can make some suggestions about when is the best time available for you. But, uh, really, I’m not going to go too far out of my way to, uh, make this something that uh, takes, gets you, uh, a little satisfaction in your life, so, uh, if this works out, fine, if not uh, take care, and I hope you get the help you need.
I'm just imagining attempting to go out with my friends on my 21st birthday, getting carded, and having my license taken from me at the first bar we go to. Basically all the information I've found is that you don't have a 'right' to have alcohol sold to you or to get your ID back.To us, a statement like this is incredible on its face. No private business has a right to take someone's driver's license and "confiscate" it. This guy just assumes that some bar has the right to do this. This is an indication of his level of subservience. Then he states that "you don't have a 'right' to have alcohol sold to you or to get your ID back". This statement is from a person who's been brainwashed into thinking that he's a 2nd class citizen. No random tattooed overweight $12/hour weekend bar bouncer can just grab someone's identification and keep it. That's theft. And this guy doesn't seem to have the vaguest clue that he's an American citizen with the tiniest semblance of legal rights. "All the information" he's "found" says this? Information from whom, the local intoxicated 6 footer? The bar owner? His tall "friend" that uses him for an armrest? The girl down the block who calls him "little man"? Our information tells us that if you are minimum drinking age or older or you meet the age requirement of a particular club and you display your legitimate ID, they cannot legally refuse you entrance based on some "bouncers" or other employees' perception of your adulthood. NEVER, NEVER let any club, bar, or store employee HANDLE YOUR LICENSE OR STATE ID. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO EITHER ATTEMPT TO TAKE IT OR DEMAND THAT YOU GIVE IT TO THEM. THEY ONLY HAVE A RIGHT TO SEE IT. NO MORE. The fact that this 21 year-old man thinks the way he does is due to constant conditioning from an environment that teaches him that he must be acquiescent to not only arbitrary indignities but also illegal demands.
Tall people: the pain you feel when someone reclines their airline seat is a small taste of your lifelong privilege: http://t.co/up4wZ5Caql— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) August 27, 2014
I do have a theory of my own. Short men are more lecherous. Many female friends agree with me that men who don’t have a lot in the height department are more likely to paw them or make suggestive remarks. Who knows, maybe it’s because it’s more concentrated.
When it comes to bald men, apparently – and this is not a theory I have ever tested out – they are more virile.
lecherous: having or showing an excessive or disgusting interest in sex
virile: having or suggesting qualities (such as strength and sexual energy) that are associated with men and that are usually considered attractive in menRead more . . .
Short people going too far now according to Fletcher. Should just shut up and not mention their height, otherwise people will just discriminate against them more.
I want to talk to short and small young men. So they don’t end up with a short man complex which would ruin you... http://t.co/s9WFoJGX5S— Big Boom (@boomisms) April 15, 2014