Sunday, December 31, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
And what makes life even harder for short people is this societal idea that anyone who makes such a statement is suffering from an inferiority complex that they need to just get over. Few people ever question their own beliefs and biases about short people. To do so, might reveal hidden prejudices that they never realized existed.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Police Chief Michael E. Rogers along with other police and city administrators, believe that if you are under 5 foot 8 inches tall, you are not qualified for police work. Clearly printed in the agencies employment manual,
"The desirable height of applicants shall be at least 5 foot 8 inches without shoes."
Applicants for Police Officer employment must be granted a "waiver" based on having other "desirable" characteristics.
Perfect example of heightism? You betcha!
But don't worry folks. If this travesty of justice is not corrected based on height, it surely will be challenged based on ethnicity or gender someday.
Friday, November 03, 2006
-p.24, Frankel, Ellen from Beyond Measure, A Memoir about short stature and inner growth.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
email: email@example.com - Anne Case - email: firstname.lastname@example.org Paxson.
A new study by Anne Case and Christina Paxson of Princeton University published by the National Bureau of Economic Research reports, tall people are just smarter than their height-challenged peers. Click here for paper.
I generally support researchers efforts to find causes for the predicament that we often find ourselves in. Though a lot of people dismissed it, I found merit in the 2001 paper that correlated economic success to height in adolescence
(http://www.ssc.upenn.edu/~persico/research/Papers/short.pdf). But what I've read so far I find very discouraging. In 1994 Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray published "The Bell Curve" which concluded that genetic factors were responsible for making African Americans less intelligent, less successful and more prone to crime than white people. The research was highly ridiculed and the authors labeled as racists.
If a similar study made similar conclusions about any other minority group there would be fierce outrage from those groups and sympathy from many who are not in those groups. So when did it become perfectly acceptable to claim that short people are less intelligent than tall people. Do I now have to worry that my employer will think me unqualified for the technical job that I perform because of this study? Should short people give up on higher education and higher paying jobs and just accept their low status in society?
Monday, July 31, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
NOSSA Advisor to the Board of Directors Ellen Frankel LCSW will be presenting a seminar on heightism at the annual convention of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. Mrs. Frankel will be sharing her insights on the issue and also excerpts from her new book entitled, "Beyond Measure" which will be out this Fall from Pearlsong Press. The seminar will be held Thursday August 10, 2006 between 4-5:30PM in Needham, MA. Members of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance are encouraged to attend.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
"Mr. Joe Mangano's statements are disgusting. We at NOSSA disagree with Mr. Joe Mangano 100% and he has been removed from his position as Secretary with the National Organization of Short Statured Adults. Our organization is appalled by the judge's decision in this case. We apologize for the pain that Joe Mangano has caused. Many people have already formed a negative opinion of our group because of Mr. Joe Mangano. The media has made harsh accusations before getting all the facts. Please be aware the remaining Trustees of our organization have taken the following actions in response to this matter:
1 - Joe Mangano no longer serves as Secretary of NOSSA.
2 - An official apology has been sent on behalf of the organization to various individuals and organizations affected by Mr. Joe Mangano's comments.
3 - A letter has been sent to Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning in support of the maximum penalty for Mr. Thompson.
4 - A donation will be made on behalf of the organization to Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.
Please let us know if we can do more to help. We are so very sorry for Mr. Joe Mangano comments. We hope that this negative incident will not overshadow the good work that we do in support of short statured people. Thank you.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
I am not a child.
I am a grown adult. I have paid my dues and earned the right to be treated just like any other adult. I have loved and have had my heart broken. I have experienced all the trials and tribulations of adulthood. I have busted my butt at work. I have survived the onslaught of mounting bills. I have struggled to stay afloat.
How dare you treat me as if I was some punk kid. As if I was inexperienced and incapable of handling any real responsibilities. How dare you talk down to me. Treat me as if I was insignificant. Treat me as if I was immature and naive.
I am no longer afraid to speak up. I am not ashamed to bring attention to myself. I have kept quiet for far too long. What good can come of keeping this all bottled up inside. No, I am not going to let you off the hook that easy. I am going to make you accountable for your actions. I have a complaint and I will shout it out for the world to hear. And if you want to laugh at me I will endure your laughs. Before you know it the laughing will eventually stop. And the listening will begin. So here I am and I'm ready to proclaim,
I am not a child.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
We at NOSSA are preparing to put these beliefs to a test. Is this really a trivial matter? Can heightism be eradicated with a change of attitude? Is this really all in our heads?
Please join us as we tackle this issue at http://www.nossaonline.org
Friday, January 20, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
He was hated by the other members of the group. I had no feelings towards him. I simply wanted to graduate with a good grade. One day, the 5 foot 10 inch white male I mentioned earlier, started to make fun of the guy to the other members of the group (after the short guy had left). He started making a squeaking mouse voice and he pretended to imitate the guy. "C'mon guys" he squeaked. "I know what to do. I'm a little twerp." He said. Everybody started laughing but me. I remember looking at the guy and he had this look of anger and disgust in his eyes. I really saw that it bothered him to be led by someone who he felt superior to. I never forgot that moment.
Friday, January 06, 2006
-Disseminate knowledge pertaining to the sociological, psychological, legal, medical, and physiological aspects of short stature as it becomes known.
-Encourage research by responsible professionals concerning the above aspects of short stature.
-To promote the acceptance of people of short stature in society.
-Serve as a forum in which important problems affecting short statured adults can be openly discussed in a climate unbiased by imposed aesthetic standards and in which solutions to these problems can be discovered and acted upon.
-Work toward demanding equal opportunity for short statured adults wherever obstacles and discrimination exist.
Immediate Objectives - Media Attention on topic of heightism.
Attainable Objectives - Growing International Membership.
Visionary Objectives - International Awareness and open dialogue.