Video: Why I hate being a short man Dec 28, 2019 21:09:03 GMT
Post by supportfortheshort on Dec 28, 2019 21:09:03 GMT
Here is a kid (sounds young) who has awareness of heightism, but is partly in the throes of viewing himself negatively as you can tell by the title of the video. He knows that the usual advice of "just work out", or "Just be buff" doesn't work. When the short man attempts to "compensate" for this, he's labeled, and the maker of the video explains this. He stated that we're not allowed to be confident; he's right, or maybe I should explain it this way:
Confidence for the short man is defined as taking all the insults, zone of space violations, attacks, discrimination, etc. in a jocular fashion, all the while chanting, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names may never harm me." And even then, you're looked down upon as a clown, a buffoon, or a court jester just there to be comic relief for the tallers and the women who worship them.
This guy states that this is "the last form of discrimination that exists". I put it a different way though: It's the last form of discrimination that's not only acceptable but celebrated. What I don't like about his presentation is that he refers to his short stature as "manletism". The word "manlet" is a derogatory term used to describe short men. I think it may have gotten started on bodybuilding forums to describe small men. I could be wrong about that, but nonetheless the term is derogatory. He calls himself a 'manlet' and he uses the word 'manletism' as if he had a disease. So basically he's still partly in a state of self-deprecation, although I must give him credit for having a level of awareness that's probably higher than the majority of short men. He also states that "there's no way to make up for it" unless you're in the average height range. Very short men he states, "stick out like a sore thumb" in a bad way, and the tall man sticks out like a sore thumb in a good way. Again, when he states that "we just want to feel like a normal person", he gives his own self-deprecation away. The implication in his statement is that we're not 'normal'. If we're not normal - let's say at 5'6" and below - then neither are the guys who are 6'2" and above - that would be the other side of the bell curve. He's heightism aware, but still partly in that self-deprecating box that most short guys are in.