Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Long and Short of It

You know what's tougher than being a short female? A short male.

Aside from the physical hardships (it's hard being small in a tall/average-sized world), there is plenty of emotional/psychological hardships (studies show that taller people are perceived as stronger/smarter/better/etc.).

Why am I talking about height? At this very moment, I am watching Ride Along 2 (#dontjudge). As I'm watching it, I've lost track of the number of short jokes that have been used to refer to Kevin Hart's height.

It also reminded me of this ad that is out for his new movie that I've been seeing around:

It's supposed to be "funny," but if I were Kevin Hart, I'd be laughing...through gritted teeth. He seems like a good sport, and I'm sure he's just brushing all the jokes off his shoulders (and laughing all the way to the bank), but I know that I'd be tired of everyone making references to my height (in fact, I already do this).

I know people don't mean anything rudely when referring to my height, but it makes me feel little (literally and figuratively); like they don't see me as an actual person. When you're constantly barraged with comments referring to a physical attribute (especially anything that you don't actively call out), it gets tiresome.  Especially when the attribute is seen as a negative one.

People always tell me "oh just ignore it!" which I do. It's usually other people (typically strangers or people I don't know well) who are the first to make comments. The best thing I've found to do is to downplay the comments by either ignoring it/not addressing it, or smiling and quickly moving on.

I can't change my height, and I can't change that people won't make comments/jokes. The only thing I can do is just not let them get to me.