When they finally caught me I would then receive a big hug and sometimes a kiss on the cheek before finally being set free to play or be chased by another groupie. The tiniest kid — boy or girl — at Mee-Yah-Noh Elementary, I looked more like a doll than a typical kindergartener.
Even at that age I appreciated how my size caused people to treat me differently.
In the 23 years that have passed since then, I’ve come to two major conclusions about being a short man in North American society and they are thus: It sucks and no one wants to hear you complain about it.
Glass Ceiling Take a look at the list of Fortune 500’s top CEOs and what you’ll find is the classic definition of a sausage party.
It’s all men, men, and some more men, with just a smattering of token females to help indicate just how many fucking men there really are.
While we all agree that appearance matters more than it should – and that people should look for romantic partners because of their personality characteristics and not their physical ones – it makes the most sense to accept it.
When it comes to dating, I don’t need to remind you that people have types.
The truth is, from a genetic standpoint I never had a snowball’s chance. The odds of my ever winning the 6’4” lottery were only slightly less than my becoming the first person to kill a dinosaur with a slingshot on Saturn’s third moon.
I spent my young life being told that our pediatrician estimated I’d end up making it to 5’6”, maybe 5’8” if I was lucky, which was still short, but not comically so.
For the short men out there, they shouldn’t buy into shame about their height or the distorted notion that “real men” should be bigger, stronger, or more masculine. Why you are wiser for including your height – or any other physical characteristic that someone might have a problem with – in your profile Again, in the best of all possible worlds, no one would care if you were tall or short, skinny or fat.
The reality, though, is that some people might not want to date you because of a given physical characteristic.
On the other hand, women should be allowed to be attracted to the people they’re attracted to.
While I would encourage women who don’t like short men to give them a few more dates and see what happens, I also understand that this is not the worst thing a woman could do (refuse to date a short man). Say to yourself, “I wasn’t blessed in the height department, but I make up for that with my good sense of humor” or any other trait that makes you appealing.
What I didn’t know was that the positive attention I enjoyed that year would quickly vanish and be replaced by something far less desirable.