Just Another Day On The Job Mar 25, 2017 6:56:34 GMT
Post by Heightism Report on Mar 25, 2017 6:56:34 GMT
EDIT: I left a part of the story out and went back and added it about twenty minutes after I originally posted this
I go back-and-forth between whether to post personal stories in here, not because I want to keep them a secret, but because I want to discuss heightism as a systemic form of discrimination, not just a personal issue, but I think it's important that we have some personal experiences with heightism posted so that awakening short men can see how to properly deal with and discuss similar scenarios that they encounter.
I currently am going through a career change, and have a job that I took temporarily until my training in my new career field is completed. On my first night on this current job, my manager was showing me around, and he took me into the office and introduced me to a few of my coworkers. Immediately, one of them gets a smirk on his face and says
"This guy is working with us? To do this job, don't you have to be taller than that?"
Well, that's just great. I'm two seconds into the job and it has already started. So, I made a crack about the guy's weight, which he ignored while he was still giggling at his dumb insult, and that was pretty much it for the night.
As time went on, I could see that this guy is the type of person who fiends for attention, and tries to get it by cracking unfunny insults that he masks as "just jokes." So, I started giving it back to him about all of his physical characteristics.(BTW- This job is in the blue collar world, so there's no HR Department to save you from any verbal insults etc. Not that HR departments defend short men) Anyway though, I knew that I would eventually have enough of that moron's nonsense. His jokes were not original, funny, or even jokes really. Most of the stuff he says is stuff like "You're short," "You have a big mouth to be so short" etc. I know everyone who is reading this is cringing because we all know idiots who mask their insults as "just jokes" and here I am with an almost daily dose of it from some fool who looks like he crawled out of a retention pond before coming to work.
So, I tried to stay away from that trashmonster and his BS as much as possible. I'm the kind of person who just wants to do my job, go home, and not get involved in office drama or politics. As time went on, I noticed that my managers kept micromanaging the shit out of me. Like, it was overwhelming. I was the new guy, so I understood it to an extent, but it was blatantly obvious that they were certain I was going to screw something up, even though I'm trained to do the job and am more competent than any of the other goobers I work with. I hate that as a short man, not only do I have to deal with childish insults, but I also have every action of mine scrutinized so much more intensely than anyone else. I have had so many jobs that were an absolute pressure cooker for me. Anyway though, things have gotten better in regard to the micromanagement, but it was idiotic in the beginning. There was another guy who started the same week as me, and he was humongous. He was like 6'4, 300 pounds, but everyone stayed away from him. He was the biggest crybaby you've ever seen too. He would always whine his way out of doing work by saying he was sick or some other excuse. He quit a few weeks ago, but no one would question him on anything, and one of my coworkers said that he thinks the managers were afraid to call him out on his whining his way out of work nonsense. When I told that cowworker about my situation of being micromanaged on account of my height, he got this big involuntary grin on his face. I hate that shit so much. Here I am telling a story about me being discriminated against and a person who I consider a "work friend" can't help but grin because this is the indoctrinated response people have to short men and our problems. Trust me, I wasn't surprised that he grinned, but that doesn't make it any easier to stomach.
So, back to the assbag who thinks he's funny. About two weeks ago, I was in a conversation with a co-worker. We were discussing something pretty interesting and I was enjoying the conversation. So, in the background, I could hear the heightist idiot's voice. He said "SHORTY" and I ignored him. So, he said it louder..."SHORTY!" and then, he just kept repeating it over-and-over every time I tried to speak. So, my coworker had to leave because he got called to a different part of the building, and as soon as he walked off, I totally snapped on the idiot who can't get past my height. I'm not going to say what I did to him because it was definitely a fireable offense(and the guy surprisingly didn't snitch on me) and my reaction to heightism isn't the point of the story anyway, the point is that I have to deal with this nonsense in the first place. When someone just repeats the word "SHORTY" over and over to where you can't speak, that's not a lighthearted joke, it's a power play where someone is trying to assert their dominance. This guy isn't extremely tall or anything, he's average height(probably around 5'10) but he wasted no time in having a go at my height, and it got worse and worse as time went by. He doesn't talk about my height anymore since I escalated the situation, but it sickens me that I'm still dealing with this nonsense at my age.
Also, about a week before the "SHORTY" incident, he made it a point to tell me that he was clowning the new guy for his big feet(The new guy is about 6'3) and then made the point of telling me that he just wanted me to see that he clowns everyone's appearance. The fact that he made this gesture shows me that he knew he was doing something wrong, and wanted to frame it under the umbrella of "I insult everyone," so that I would continue to let him use me as a punching bag. Also, clowning a tall guy about the size of his feet doesn't emasculate him at all, it's a borderline compliment(especially considering what dumb women believe about guys with big feet) There's no insult that you can use for a tall guy that's akin to
"You have such a big mouth to be such a short person." Having big feet is just a cosmetic nuance, but when you insult a guy on the basis of his height, you're emasculating him, and when you state that a short guy shouldn't have an opinion because he's short, you're being extremely bigoted.
So, about an hour or two after that incident, something else happened. The job has a lot of sitting around and waiting before the product we work with arrives, so while we're waiting for our particular product to arrive, we all pitch-in and help each other where needed. So, I was helping a few other guys, and I helped the guy(about six ft tall) who was working next to me for a bit.(I had helped him with the majority of his work the night before. Keep that in mind) So, I took a break for a minute or two, and the guy I just mentioned says "Can you help me with this?" And I said "Sure" and I got up from the place I was sittting and he continues with "I MEAN DAMN. DO SOMETHING. YOU'RE NO BETTER THAN THE REST OF US." So, I totally came unglued on that guy and gave him an extreme verbal dressing down. That was the first time we had ever spoken, other than the night before when I helped him with the majority of his work, which he did mutter a "Thank You' for if I remember correctly. However, on this particular night, he decided to craft a fiction about me being some lazy slob who thinks he's better than everyone. Do you think he would say this to the 6'4 crybaby who quit a few weeks ago? I don't think I even need to answer that. It doesn't matter what I helped him with the night before, it doesn't matter that I had already helped him some that night. It doesn't matter that he already had two other people helping him(when the rest of us only need one helping us at the most, and we mostly do everything on our own.) None of that matters, what matters is a six footer needed to unload some heat on someone, and low and behold if a short man wasn't available for him to relieve some stress on.
It all gets better when you're older though, right? Maybe I should go post this on r/short so that they can tell me about how all of this is my fault. This particular job might be the most heightist I've ever had. It's a deadend job and I'm one of the only ones who isn't stuck there, so it's blatantly obvious that the people there look for ways to release their anger, so when a short guy enters the picture, it's GAME ON.