Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Speaking to Career Development Professionals

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Speaking to Career Development Professionals

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Hey There, Short Stuff

At the recent French Open tennis tournament, an improbable thing happened. Dominika Cibulkova, a five foot three whirlwind of a player, tromped one of the reigning queens of professional tennis, majestic six foot three Maria Sharapova. Absolutely whipped her to a frazzle. Dominika is a whole foot shorter. There must have been some mistake. At five foot three, Cibulkova couldn't even reach up to the breakfast table to grab some of Maria's granóla. Would you have bet more than one rupee on her chances?

Short people get no respect. Shortness is one of the last and most persistent of the biases perpetrated on people. Stand up for yourself, short people! But we are standing! It is one of the more ridiculous of the biases to believe that people who are more inches above the ground are somehow "better" than others. As one of those who are afflicted with the tape measure malady, I get tired of reading how those of my height are diminutive or "short of stature". Stature?? That implies a whole lot more than a mere measurement. We're somehow "less than" And, observe the glory heaped upon those who can look down upon you. "A big, strapping six foot two" etc. As though every business encounter is going to degenerate into a wrestling match at any minute and ya gotta be ready!

Life is ever unfair. Short may be discriminated against in the future. What are you gonna do about it? Accept the culture's judgment regarding how high the hedges are you can jump over? …

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