How do you feel about heightism in women? are you guilty of judging women by their height?

l found this article about it.

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just putting a different spin on things. people always talk about how men are judged for being short, but short women experience prejudice too.


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  • I would say being a short woman (5ft nothing) that people in general (of both genders) tend to make snap judgements about my personality based on my size. Mostly, I tend to get judged as sweet, innocent and not particularly assertive. Basically, they tend to think I'm a nice person but a bit of a push over and not as capable of running things or standing up for myself as women who are taller or larger framed. It doesn't stop people from getting to know me and realizing that I'm quite able to take charge of things and standing my ground when need be, so mostly it doesn't bug me.

    Of course, when it comes to men I'm painted with the "cute" label for all eternity, but that's fine, I can work with that...

    Tall women have their own trials- or so I'm told, so I guess it all works out in the wash...

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    • I can relate, although I'm around 5'4 so that's short but also average.

    • apparently you and like one other person are the ones willing to acknowledge that prejudice exists. everyone else who answered here seems to think that people don't judge anyone based on any physical features and that any study that analyzes attitudes toward that feature is stupid. we all live in a utopia where no generalizations or prejudices are made, apparently. I seriously worry about people sometimes. smh.

    • *shrugs* it easier to say there's NOT any prejudice because then people don't have to examine their attitudes to see if their guilty of it. Personally, I'm 100% guilty of judging based on physical features- I'd say we all are, it's how our brain is hard-wired to process things. It uses schematics and stereotypes to categorize things and make sense of the world. Doesn't mean you can't change your mind after and adapt the schematic/stereotype, but it's always gonna be there.

What Guys Said 10

  • For the most part, I think women are only judged for their height in relation to the man doing the judging. Like for instance, I'm a very short guy, so a girl who is 6ft tall is going to be of no interest to me. It's not that I find her unattractive. I just prefer girls to be closer to my height and I know most girls do not want to date a guy shorter than them.

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  • That is one of the most stupidest articles I'ver ever read. These research articles are getting worse and worse. How on earth can your height determine how ambitious, intelligent, assertive and independant you are?

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    • no, no, no. its talking about perception of people. studies have consistently shown that people view people differently on first impression based on their height. nowhere in the article did it say peoples traits are actually based on their height.

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    • and no, I'm not guilty of judging women by their height.

    • I agree with Dylan, these studies are becoming dumber and dumber, because most of the time guys don't care about the height of a woman, its usually the girls that care about the height of a guy.

  • I actually like shorter women... I wouldn't want a girl that was taller than me tho (I'm about 6'). Anywhere from around 5' to around 5'10" would be great.

    Not too picky with a woman's height... Her face and figure are much more important physical factors.

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  • I don't judge woman by there height it doesn't bother me at all. I have yet to meet a girl taller then me though. I guess if you were a short guy you might have issues will judging taller people in general. I'd probably compare it to a girl having a small chest and wanting a bigger one. I think short guys just want to be taller. Insecurity!

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  • Its like people are just naturally born stupid; its bad enough for women to be illogical, but for men to be like this, Dude like hell no, stop it. People are looking at the height of someone to determined thier personality and success, you can't be taking seriously with this mindset. Which one would you hire? An average man who happens to be tall whose dumb, and can't get the job done. Or a man who happens short with a harvard degree who can get the job done? You choose. Lets see how successful your company turns out. Like with women, their brains are smaller. So yes they will think irrational and ignorant as they do now. Sure, its natural for a woman to want a tall man and bash a short man, but its also natural for a tall man to cheat on a woman. You see how those both play a role and and hurting one another. Maybe if people weren't so shallow, maybe they would be more stabled. This article is beyond stupid...

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  • Honestly I don't care that much about a girls height. I practice hotism though. Mostly that has to do with how good their bodies are.

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  • If you actually read the article, it says that men prefer short women. And they do.

    Most men prefer women to be shorter then them for the opposite reason why women prefer tall men.

    Male and female's general preferences compliment one another.

    For a woman a tall man gives her a sense of strength and protection.

    For a man a short woman gives him the sense that he's protecting her and he's "strong". which makes him feel more confident and self assured.

    And if you actually read the article it shows that being tall has its advantages and so does being short for women.

    For MEN however being short pretty much makes you a horrible loser.

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    • You did good until the end

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    • Oh and bty that last sentence is true, no matter what anyone says.

      Its negative for a man to be short, there are no real upsides to it.

      Being in a wheelchair is actually BETTER.

      Because then you have people that try and be nice to you to compensate.

      You don't get that with being short.

    • Unless of course you are REALLY short. then you might.

      But that's not what I'm talking about.

  • While "heightism" is certainly a real thing for both men and women, I'm not sure that equating the prejudices against short guys with the height prejudices against short women is particularly fair. The reason being, that I honestly don't know one thing that's considered beneficial/an advantage of being short if you're a guy. I'm talking as seen from either girls or other guys. The disadvantages short guys often face with girls has been discussed enough on here so I'm sure you know them by now. However, other guys tend to not take you as seriously or give you as much respect (even if you're relatively ripped) as they would someone taller.

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    • i wasn't trying to equate or compare them, I'm just pointing out that the b.s. about short women having it all is exactly that - b.s. the only advantage seems to be reproductive. in a world where many women are trying to do more than f*** and have kids, you can see how that isn't really saying much. I know it doesn't really mean much to me, but maybe that's partly from speaking from a position where I haven't really had issues with height.

  • If you're meant for greatness nothing will stand in your way

    Tall girls are cool

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    • I'm not going to think a tall girl is more independent then a short girl.

      I've met short girls that were independent while I met tall girls who need to be nurtured more.

  • The term "heightism" makes me confused. I can't decide whether I want to laugh or smack you upside the head.

    That's how I feel about it.

    Nobody can just be happy the way they are, can they? Short women are pissed because they're not seen as confident and independant. Tall women are pissed because they're not considered nurturing and kind. Both are horribly fearful that OH MY GOD MEN WON'T LOVE ME BECAUSE OF IT. Insecurities run rampant, and CRAP like this "study" just intensifies it. Marvelous. Just marvelous.

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    • this has been around before this study, this study just applies it to women today. I'm not talking about love. I'm talking about how people perceive others. jesus christ. nvm.

    • If you don't see how it relates, then I don't know what to tell you. I don't care if the study doesn't go into how women "feel" about it's results. It doesn't need to, that's very plainly obvious.

      The study is completely, wholly, utterly useless to everyone. Nobody can change how tall or short they are, and you can't change people's innate perception. This helps nobody at all, and only serves to verify women's natural insecurities about their own bodies.

    • i disagree but I guess it depends on how you think. thanks for your opinion I guess

What Girls Said 6

  • I have a short friend who is always going off about how people make her feel about her height. There's something about being that people don't respect and feel the need to make fun of. It might be because children are usually short. Children don't get respect.

    We are obsessed with height as a society. Sports, Movies, The Fashion Industry praises height and its what we see and equate with success, money power and sex. It sucks, but people are pretty friggin shallow

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  • The only issue I have with being short (5'4 is short in my town of 6'+ dutch people) is that everyone assumes I'm young. I had someone ask me if I was ready for 9th grade next year...I'll be at college in the fall. That's the only issue I have with it. If people just keep their mouths shut, then it's all good

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  • I'm short, and when I think about myself running my dad's company one day, I think it's going to be a joke because I'm so petite who's going to take orders from me? But still, I have to do it, and I will, nothing will stop me from it but a pair of 15cm Louboutins will help me gain more confidence.

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  • i think that tall women are more discriminated against, not very many guys want to date a girl who is taller than them

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    • Unfortunately, its the other way around. Tall women won't date short men.

      Women are the selectors, not men.

      How does it work that men go... "yeah so I saw this girl I liked and she couldn't help herself but to out with me."

      No.

      Its more like I saw a girl I liked and I ASKED her out and she said yes.

  • Usually its taller women that guys dislike. Guys love shorter women because they want to be the big one. You'll find some guys who are 6'4 and like girls Snooki's height just for an ego boost. You never see girls 6'4 with a guy 4'11 because that doesn't "seem" right.

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  • When I see tall I just see tall. Who the hell sees a tall m/w and thinks oh they are smart because of it.

    Honestly this one stupid article.

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    • I agree I don't base the height a women if she is worth trying to talk to or not.

    • not really. if you study psychology at all, youd be surprised at the subconscious snap prejudices people make. just because it doesn't sound right to your conscious mind doesn't mean prejudice based on physical features doesn't exist. you can easily say, "who sees a black person and thinks theyre less intelligent, incompetent, less articulate, etc.? that's stupid." that isn't going to change the fact that a lot, probably a majority of people have prejudices based on race.



    • I've heard stupid people thinking that blond girls are stupid,black people don't have jobs and are ghetto and all that crap. ButI've never ever heard of anyone seeing someone short less smart than a tall person... So technically guys are smarter than women, must guys are taller than girls. So in general you see men smarter than women, you know the heigh tells it all.

      lmao this is probably one if the must stupid and false things I've seen here.

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