And today I even read an article in which an anonymous woman cruelly documented her encounter with a short man.“Thank goodness I was sitting down at the bar when this little bundle walked up to the table I was waiting at,” she wrote. I told him from the off that I was doing research on Tinder because I didn’t want him to make a move on me as I would surely burst out laughing.” I couldn’t believe what I was reading – such outrageous discrimination so needlessly displayed and openly tolerated.
In fact, many of my friends will now dismiss guys on dates with no other reason than they were "too short".
Like I say, I’m only five foot one myself, so part of my sympathy is personal.
I’m sure had I been male I would have been just as likely to spend my time wondering what it’s like to see someone else’s parting.
The thought of operating in such a Spartan dating world sends shivers down my spine.
But what especially vexes me is this double standard of women criticising and making fun of short men, then expecting them to tolerate all different types of weight (which isn't even a fixed state).
For a man to openly reject a woman because he found her fat would be social suicide.
Yet for women to complain about a man’s height is fine, apparently. (And they call us the fairer sex…)It’s not really ok, though, is it?
Any more than telling your friends you dismissed someone because they had black hair, or small tits, or anything else that is, undeniably, genetics. Some of the cleverest, most determined, interesting and handsome guys I know are short.
"I have seen how brutal women can be about shorter blokes.
Indeed, even my five foot nothing school teacher once announced to our class that she wouldn’t dare go out with a man under six foot.
This sentiment is now reflected on dating apps such as Tinder, Maybe it’s because I’m five foot one; maybe it’s because I think Napoleon seemed kind of cool, or maybe it’s because I’m a bit soppy - but I can’t help feeling sorry for short men. Because something strange and unacceptable in our culture has happened where women think it's ok to publicly slate their petite counterparts, and dismiss them romantically, based on their height.