Texas Tech University

For Men, Body Positivity Means Accepting Being Born Short

Sean Saldana

January 24, 2017

The Daily Texan - In recent years, movements like body positivity and fat acceptance have gained widespread support. The idea behind these movements is that everybody should love the body they have. You don't need to be skinny, blonde or have a thigh gap to love yourself. These movements are noble, powerful and necessary. However, they aren't as inclusive as they seem.

Short men fly under the radar when it comes to these self-love movements. Everything from job prospects to dating preferences works against short men, and this has gone completely unrecognized by groups of people who live and die by the idea that people of all shapes and sizes should love themselves. Progressives teach to not judge women based on their weight or skin tone, and they're completely spot on. Women are held to strict societal standards of beauty and worth, and as a general rule, most of these standards don't apply to men at all. But in this specific case of short men, there are strong correlations between height and perceived value that nobody is really talking about.

This societal perception manifests itself in several ways, one of which is that the taller men are more likely to find themselves in positions of power. Gregg R. Murray and J. David Schmitz, professors from Texas Tech University, conducted a survey asking students to describe and draw an average citizen and a political leader. Sixty-four percent of the 467 students in the survey drew the political leader as taller. Research concludes that short men, on average, earn less than their taller counterparts. In some cases, around three inches of height can separate income by more than $4,000 a year.

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