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T his week, the actor Jameela Jamil said she wants to see fewer dating stereotypes on screen.
Instead of the usual conventionally-pretty-woman-meets-conventionally-handsome-man trope, she wants to see love between able-bodied and disabled characters, mixed-race love and, why not, tall women with short men. It is with much shame that I admit to having been one of those women: the ones who judge the attractiveness of a partner as proportional to his height.
I could distance myself from my height-shaming by telling you that We are strong. Why not extend this newfound acceptance of short men to the big screen? In film and media I want to see short men with tall women.
I want intertrans love. I want Asian men with white women.
I want thin men with fat women. I want to see able bodied with disabled.
Rich women like rich men, and rich men like slender women
Tired of dating stereotypes. But consider this: our obsession over tall men is related to patriarchy.
Take the movies in which mixed-height couples do appear. If the problem with toxic masculinity is that it idolizes men for all those things that pointlessly connote masculinity without equating to it — violence, machismo, confidence — then why not consider height in this equation? People constantly and wrongly equate height with masculinity.
Men who are taller get promoted more, paid more and are considered better leaders. CEOs have an average height over 6ft. Presidential candidates who are taller are preferred except in France, it seems.
Height is an unattainable beauty standard for short men — what are they supposed to do, grow? Why women should start giving short men a chance.
Small wonder: the joy of short men. Poppy Noor.
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