Have you ever noticed that society has a weird obsession with height? It starts in childhood when kids are told to eat nutritious foods to grow big and strong. (Strength is viewed kinda the same way). I understand the evolutionary benefits associated with height but the preference for it seems out of balance.
Full disclosure: I’m a shorter than average guy and thus biased. What are your thoughts?
I’m 4’ 11" and I pretty much keep to myself. You could ask my family, I’ve never had an attitude and I’m usually rather quiet. I had 6 different high schools and I seriously doubt anyone remembers me. I didn’t do much in college except study and take care of my sons, so maybe a few more than in high school remember me. I participated in class discussions, but I didn’t get bent about things.
That said, there is one thing I do hate- being called “Little Mriana”. I maybe as tall as a nine year old or slightly taller than the tallest dwarf, but I don’t like being called little, even if I am. It makes me feel as though one thinks of me as a child.
I guess it’s just one of those traits that everybody respects even though it’s not extremely important. If I remember correctly, the evolutionary reason for tallness is that it’s a way to advertise good genes and good health. Just like good looks.
As for an obsession with height – I don’t know, maybe for some. Short men definitely have to “try harder”, but I think our society probably obsesses more over other appearance-related things like looking young. At 5’10’’ I’m about average height; rarely feel tall or short compared to most people, but I wouldn’t mind being taller.
Well, if one is short, they often do look younger. Tall people don’t always look younger. I think being short is cool. I didn’t think so when I was younger, but look at the Japanese and other short Asian. From what I can tell reading stats, many have longevity, especially Okinawans. If diet is involved with with tallness, then why did they only get the longevity and not the tallness? Diet is one reason given for their longevity. So again, what’s wrong with being short? BTW, how many Asian businessmen have been successful? Japan and China seem to have a LOT of short businessmen and women.
I have a feeling it’s a simple physical matter. When you’re taller than others, you can look down on them, which has an emotional feel to it, as in “looking down on” them. And also then people look up to you, emotionally “look up” to you. No different than a child looking up, physically and emotionally, to her parents, and them looking down on her. So a physical act that has emotional aspects, which can of course be positive or negative. A tall king (to use a simplistic example) might look down on his people and therefore feel care for them, or could feel domination over them.
Maybe move to Japan. Although some are getting taller in recent years, but not as many in the U.S. As a short woman, I would have loved to have met a short man when I was single. Every man I met was tall and I only dreamed of a man who was short.