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Too Short for What?

Posted by Melanie / February 15, 2008

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Howard Goldberg gives us an insightful and heart-breaking look inside the ugly world of 'Heightism' in his documentary, S&M: Short and Male. Goldberg shows us that for men, being short is a bigger problem than elevator shoes and egos can fix. In fact, he shows us that this cultural stereotype is indomitable: if you face discrimination for being overweight or ugly, you can lose weight or wear a ridiculous amount of make up, but if you are seen as short and weak, being short and assertive will come off just as unattractive.

Moreover, why is this prejudice so commonplace and tolerated? As argued in the documentary, we don't tolerate prejudices of skin colour or sex. "We wouldn't expect black people to take a pill to make them white or try to turn to gay people straight" expalins Goldberg. So why are growth hormones and dangerous bone-breaking surgeries so in demand? Especially in countries like China, where until a few years ago ironically had actual height requirements in their job ads.

S&M offers a fascinating perspective on a critical and deep rooted prejudice we often take for granted. The lack of respect for short men in the corporate and real world suggests that "It's not a man's world. It's a tall man's world."

See it Wednesday at Les Rendez-Vous Cinema Quebecois.

Discussion

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kim / February 16, 2008 at 11:45 am
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Sounds interesting! Thanks for posting about it, Melanie- I definitely wanna see it.
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You should it was really mind-opening!
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