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Old 03-10-2002, 04:51 AM   #16
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The disadvantages of being short:

I'm short, barely under 5'1" - most of my life I hated being the small fry. And since I've got them child bearing hips and a, erm, uh, bosom... and a very small waist, finding clothes that fit properly all around has always been an obstacle for me, just as it is for some of my friends (both male and female) who are really tall.

I can't reach anything when I see something at the grocery store that's on the top shelf. I usually wait for a good samaritan who's tall to come along and grab an item off a shelf.

Because I'm short, people can't see me. Or people choose not to see me. It happens all the time when I'm standing in line somewhere. People will try to cut right in front of me or sales people behind the register will look right over my head and flag down the next (taller) customer they see who happens to be right behind me.

I can't tell you how many times I've almost broken my ankle or neck from wearing high heels.

Sitting comfortably in chairs (especially the ones in schools or restaurants) is, well uncomfortable. It's not that I can't reach the table or desk, but my feet don't exactly rest comfortably on the ground - they usually dangle there. I can't sit back in a chair, as the seat of the chair won't allow my knees to bend. So I have to sit forward enough so my feet will rest on the ground but the edge of the seat piches the area above the knee which affects the circulation in my legs.

There have been studies shown that shorter people have a harder time moving up the corporate ladder - this goes for men and women. It is perceived that taller people exude an air of authority and assertiveness over a person of short stature (hence, a boss that everyone *should* look up to) This may be a cultural bias though. Also, short people who are assertive either in the workplace or wherever are tagged as having a Napolean complex.

The Advantages:

Aside from the minor but sometimes annoying quirks above, I really enjoy my height now that I'm older. I am perfectly comfortable in my body, it's just me and I like it. It took a long time to get over the fact that society likes to tell young women that being tall and slender with no hips is "in" and fashionable and sexy and important.

Miss MacPhisto mentioned that being short gives you a more youthful appearance which I believe to be true in my case. I think it may be one of the reasons why people don't think I am the age I am.

Being short means you can sit in the backseat of a car and not get your shins caught underneath the front seat.

Being short (and a short woman in this case) means that when I am at the store and I want something off the top shelf, it's usually a much taller man who happily jumps to the rescue. heheh.

Being short means I can play dress up to the 9's and wear high heels, and not dwarf everyone in the room.

Being short means there's more cuddle room with my 6'1" husband.

That being said - everyone usually has some sort of gripe about their height or size or whatever. It's really all a matter of how you perceive yourself in the end. There's advantages and disadvantages to every size in the spectrum.

As far as what I like in the opposite sex: Personally I've always gravitated toward taller men but I've dated or been attracted to a few short hottie men. I never really had a preference, never expected a person I was with to have a certain hair color or eye color, or fill a height requirement. But I think one of the reasons I may have gravitated toward taller men could have something to do my being short - my primal instincts assuring my survival and protection come from someone of the opposite sex who is larger than I am. I know that was a loose based scientific theory, but on the same notion there are primal instincts that indicate that taller women are sexier (more suitable for bearing larger children, and by larger I mean *larger* in the sense that the offspring will ensure survival as opposed to offspring that are smaller and 'weaker.') Taller women, as it is indicated in magazines made to appeal to both sexes, represent full grown womanhood (as opposed to the shorter stature of vertically challenged women with a short set of pegs which is more indicative - in a primal way - of women who haven't reached adulthood yet.) <--- anyone ever see the program called The Sex Files on Discover Channel, it talks about this

On the same token it is noted that taller men symbolize strength, sexual prowress, virility and protectiveness - which tap into the women's primal instinct of choosing a mate with these qualities to ensure propagation of the human race.

Again, the ideas above may be due to some cultural bias therefore indicating that size does indeed matter.

But personally, I don't think size matters. There are advantages and disadvantages to everything in size. In my eyes I think there are as many short men and women who are attractive, sexy, strong and assertive as there are tall people of the world. Looks aren't everything.


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Old 03-10-2002, 08:35 AM   #17
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Originally posted by z edge:

And BTW, WTF is 155 cm
Well, what is 5'11'' ?

How much is 155 cm? About 5'?

Come to think of it, the rest of my family is taller than me too. 182 cm my Dad, 173 my Mum, and my brothers both over 180 cm too. So i have no idea where i got that height inherited from.
I have no problems finding shoes or clothes (though occasionally i end up buying something on the children's department - because it fits and because the women's department just doesn't have that piece of clothing), and i had my share of teasing about being small.
On one hand, it can be hard to reach something on a high shelf, on the other hand, i think i can move around easier/faster than some very tall person.

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Well, I'm kind of short (5"4, 5"5 on a good day) but I do think size matters.
Personally I could never go out with a guy who's shorter than me - I don't care if he's short (most guys in my life these days are) but as long as he's not shorter!

I've also noticed that if a gorgeous, shorter woman was to walk by and a not-bad looking really tall woman walked by, the taller woman ALWAYS catches the man's eye...Interesting...I guess that's why most supermodels are tall!
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I'm 5'3" and petite. It used to bother me when I was in my 20's, but the older I get I don't mind my size. I look a lot younger than I am. The only down part about it I sometimes have to get my pants & dresses altered. Other wise I'm ok with my size.
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Originally posted by Peaseblossom:
I'm 5'2 3/4 " and I really like it. It makes it very easy to fit right under a guys chin when you're cuddling. Although, when your dad's 6'2, your sis is 6'1 and your mom is 5'11, you do get a lot of questions.
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Originally posted by U2girl:
Your height - how does it affect you in real life? (particularly a question for the smaller people)

Yep. I'm 5'10 and 3/4" tall. And that sucks when all the guys you go to school with are MUCH shorter than you (and the one who likes you is 5'4" if that). It inconvienances prom and all of those silly things that people care about. I really don't notice it too much, until someone goes "wow, you're tall. how'd you get that way?" and I wanna whack 'em. Granted I don't know what it's like to be extremely short (I believ I passed the 5' mark by 4th grade), but it can't be less annoyting than being freakishly tall. Boo tallness...

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I'm tall myself, 5'9 before shoes...

It has it's advantages... like Diemen said for sports etc, when I played basketball it came in handy since I"ve been this tall since I was about 14... but on the other hand it can be a pain in the ass too, but more so when I was younger. I've always liked that guys I've dated to be taller than me because I was insecure about my height, but not so much anymore. My boyfriend now is about 3 inches taller than me, but when I wear shoes we're the same height and I love being at eye level with him! He digs it too

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Originally posted by Diemen:
Seriously though, it's got it's advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages: it's a bonus in sports like basketball and volleyball, I'm easy to find in a crowd and can find my way through crowds and see over them easier than most (a nice plus at concerts! ), There are few people I have to literally look up to, and I offer a lot more cuddle space than most people , and um....some other size advantages...

Disadvantages: Finding good shoes my size is a pain in the ass, same thing with some clothes (pants in particular), the dumb "how's the weather up there?" jokes I've heard practically my entire life, other people have to strain their necks to look at me eye to eye .

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6'6'' here, spot on!!! Hey, you get those jokes too?? Feck sake, the world is damn repetitive!

And I like short cute girls. But then there is those tall beautiful goddess types, ah feck it, it only matters when I slam my head off something, and of course when ya gotta be sitting down to, well, encounter certain things
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i like my height im 5ft5/6
oh goody so u and I can really go face-to-face then babe!!!!!!

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First, you should definatly post your poem. I can't wait to hear it, and no, it doesn't have to rhyme.

I am pretty tall for a girl. 5'8. I love it. I am taller then all my girlfriends, and shorter (or the same height) as all my guy friends. I can get away weith weighing more then if I was short, and I can always reach things on the top shelf.

The only thing that I don't like is that it is hard to find long enough pants.

My boyfriend is 6'0 and I think that '4 is a perfect height difference. I once dated a short guy and it was sort of akward.

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