I’d amassed a collection of subconscious prejudices connected with height. Would he be less confident, less at ease with himself and less successful than a man who stood up at six foot?Looking back, I think my problems were mainly to do with my own insecurities.I think something much simpler is going on: You’re chicken.
As a short man — about 5’6” (in boots) — I watch with envy as other taboos disappear. People can now change gender and be cheered for it. Meanwhile, a couple of tall single goons in my office are automatically in the running to date my wonderful co-worker. I wish I could change society’s view of men, women and height, but it’s clearly not going to happen in my lifetime.
Dear Mighty Mite: I could wax philosophical on essentialism and social constructionism, but I don’t think a sophisticated cultural analysis is necessary in this case.
Take heart from Tom Cruise (5’7”), who married Nicole Kidman (5’11”).
Or Mick Jagger (5’10”), who married Jerry Hall (6’0”).
We’d met on Twitter, so all I’d had to go by was a 5mm square picture of what I have come to know as his “nonplussed face”.