Shortness is a vague term without a precise definition and with significant relativity to context. Because of the lack of preciseness, there is often disagreement about the degree of shortness that should be called short.
Hi, new here. I can't believe how many different support groups there are to choose from, it's great! I am also in the Bullying forum but I want perspective from people who share more similarities with me, starting with height. I am almost 4'9" and 49 years old..
My question is about bullying. I believe I receive a lot of bullying because of my height. I think it's obvious why - it only makes sense for even a dumb bully to pick an easy target versus someone who can physically crush you if you they wished. I also believe my height is related to my lack of success in stopping the bullying via confrontation. In fact, things usually get worse when I confront them. In my mind it's because of the shame they would have to live with if they just got put in their place by some smaller than them. Feelings of shame can make people lash out with great anger. It has gotten physical many times.
I am open to being wrong because I don't like making hollow excuses or feeling like a victim. But every time someone taller than me (which is most of the population over the age of 9) says I must be doing something to provoke it or I am being too sensitive or I just need to be stronger, I have a hard time taking it to heart. Without any intended racism at all, this seems about as meaningful as a white man telling an African-American man, "I don't have any trouble with discrimination. You must be doing something wrong or you're too sensitive."
Sound off fellow short people! Am I just hiding behind lame excuses? Totally willing to face the facts if I am.