Hey Ladies, Stop Making Fun Of Short Guys

It's cruel, hypocritical, and so 2015.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

If you're still looking for a resolution to make, let's make the world a more positive place by doing this one thing: stop making fun of men who are short. In fact, just stop implying that short men are in any way "less than," just because they're short. It's rude, it's played out, and it makes you look like a superficial jackass.

Why is it socially acceptable to hate on short men? You probably hear it all the time. The short jokes, the "I won't even look at a guy who's not 6'2" comments - all of it really needs to stop yesterday. What have short guys collectively done to justify this kind of negativity, besides not having the genes you wish they had? Men are taken to task all the time for being hateful towards women who don't look the way society tells them to, but when women express biases - sometimes even cruelly - it's laughed off. And that's not okay.

So often, not giving short guys the time of day is waved away as a preference, but preferences don't exist in a space where closer examination can't reach them. We don't form ideas about what we like or don't like without outside influence, whether we realize it or not. Besides, how many times have women scoffed when men cite their skinny, big-chested preferences? 

If you're a heterosexual woman, dissing short guys might be tied to what you've been conditioned to believe about yourself and others. Many women prefer to date a man who's taller because they've bought into the pervasive idea that couples should look a certain way. Women should be at a height to rest their head on a man's chest when dancing. You shouldn't tower over your date when you wear heels. Men are supposed to be big and women are supposed to be small; this is what masculinity looks like, and that is what femininity looks like. But when it comes to being in a healthy, happy relationship, it isn't about looking "right" together. You don't have to be a size 2 to be worthy of love, and your guy doesn't have to be 6'3 with linebacker shoulders, either. Being in love isn't about looking like a couple in a stock photo, and preoccupation with the "optics" of a courtship only hurts you in the end.

Dissing short men is just another form of shaming someone for having the "wrong" type of body and as a society, we need to collectively get over that, for everyone's sake. It helps no one (except maybe insecure tall people). The body positive movement has made huge strides in encouraging women of all shapes and sizes to love their bodies as they are, but as we become more positive about ourselves, we have to also be mindful of the ways we might be placing harmful standards onto others.

At some point, accepting yourself should mean accepting everyone else too.

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