Yet just because heightism isn’t on a par with racism or homophobia, doesn’t make it unworthy of discussion.
In 2010 MP Simon Burns famously referred to John Bercow as a “stupid, sanctimonious dwarf” and Bercow uses this comment as an example of short prejudice in action. When someone violently disagrees with you, don't be surprised if your physique comes under scrutiny.
There are even matchmaking sites dedicated to vertically inclined singles!
But there I go comparing sizism to heightism, which will (rather tediously in my opinion) probably prompt someone to point out that I could go on a diet if I wanted, whereas Bercow cannot, medical advancements pending, have extra inches added onto his legs.
Even if the height difference is just a few inches, the fact is it seems so much more significant because you’re a female!
This phenomenon is called heightism, which refers to prejudice or discrimination against someone based on their height, and the behaviors that reinforce said discrimination.
They’ll speak wistfully about how they just LONG to be flung over someone’s shoulder "as though they weigh nothing", which they will insist happens to petite women ALL THE TIME.
(Those "petite women" tend to hate it, by the way).