While the modern world is busy breaking down prejudice, stereotypes and body-shaming at a rapid pace, there are some things that get curiously overlooked, sometimes literally. Short men being one of them.
Can you imagine, for example, you were single and looking for a date online. You come across profiles that explicitly state things like: ‘Nobody over 70kg’ or ‘small-breasted women need not apply.’ There would likely be outrage right? And rightly so. That kind of superficial and demeaning attitude needs to be confronted in this day and age.
However its curiously common, accepted and even encouraged for a woman to state quite openly that she would not consider dating a guy that is shorter than her, and many will quite happily post a minimum height limit. Why is this? Fair enough, we all have our preferences, you might say. Which is true. But for this to be such a widespread and openly accepted phenomenon begs the question, what about the short guys?
The guy in this story exposed the stunning hypocrisy that many shorter, single guys face all the time in the dating world. Yeah, he baited this woman, and she followed his cues and bit. Hard. It does open up the discussion though, and it is perhaps time that more attention was paid to this form of body shaming. People can lose weight, get botox, hair transplants and all kinds of other methods to hide their insecurities, but 5’3” guy will always be 5’3.”
Scroll down below to check out how the exchange unfolded, and feel free to post your opinion in the comments below.
A guy was browsing Tinder when this woman’s bio caught his eye
He matched with her and started a conversation to find out more
Image credits: janmayeno
The exchange opened up a debate with some commenters sympathizing with the plight of many single, shorter men
While other saw it from a different perspective