The Impact of Height Discrimination on Society
5/6/2011 10:48 PM
It is sad how discrimination exist in this world, even in these modern times, be it racial discrimination, gender discrimination, or height discrimination. There is no wonder to why smart marketers take advantage of this situation to come out with all sorts of products claiming to help people increase their height. Discrimination based on height is called heightism, and unfortunately this is perhaps one of the most blatant form of discrimination that people get away with.
Height discrimination could be either to short people or to unusually tall people, although based on surveys and researches, short people have it harder compared to taller people. It is proven through studies that taller people earn more compared to shorter people, in fact, based on a research, when asked couples of identical twins, it shows that the taller one earns more compared to the shorter one. This is more of a psychology and sociology issue more than anything else. Height discrimination puts a massive impact on society in various areas.
The points above are evidence that height discrimination plays a role to the impact on the business world. Besides the above study, the University of North Carolina and the University of Florida made a research in where they found out that for every inch in difference from one man to another, the taller man earns $789 dollars average more in a year. They are also able to come out with a statistic that taller MBA graduates are offered 12% more starting salary compared to their shorter comrades.
Height discrimination not only affects short people business wise, but it also affects them when it comes to dating, love life and marriage. A study by the University of Groningen shows that tall in height is a major trait when it comes to sexual attractiveness. However, this affects mostly to men, as on the other hand, another study shows that man find taller women intimidating, therefore preferring shorter women as mates.
In regions, especially in Asia, short people are considered to be unattractive, and taller ones are often the favorites when it comes to choosing a love partner. The height discrimination in certain places in Asia is so extreme to the point that some people would even go through surgeries and cosmetic enhancements as well as body mutilation in order to become taller.
Height discrimination is also rampant in politics, where a research shows that between the year 1904 to 1984 in United States, out of all the elected presidents, only two of them were shorter compared to the average men height of the nation. Even Robert Reich, a former Secretary of Labor commented how heightism affects politics in society as most politicians are tall and broad shouldered.
Even in sports, height discrimination is obvious. Most promoters believe that taller and bigger athletes are much more entertaining, and this hurts the shorter athletes career. The heightism in sports is another reason why short athletes are so pressured they look towards growth hormones and steroids to help them grow taller and get bigger.
Although the impact of height discrimination on individuals can be reduced by using a number of well known methods, such as shoe lifts or fashion tricks, it would be much better if people all around the world are able to accept people on how they really are, and not judge them based by their looks, weight, height, skin color, or religion.
At the end of this article, here is a video about height discrimination: