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How Short Guys are Toppling the Throne of Toxic Masculinity

How Short Guys are Toppling the Throne of Toxic Masculinity

Ask any short guy and he'll tell how much fun he's made of by the boys and how much he's overlooked by the girls. However, the advent of short guys in the entertainment industry like Spiderman, Tom Holland and “king in the north” Kit Harington who are both 5ft 7in, pretty short by the standards of Hollywood are proving that "short kings" also deserve love and respect, not to mention a herd of screaming fans.

Men too have beauty standards, believe it or not

"Short kings are the enemy of body negativity. and I’ll be forever proud to defend them," said 24-year-old comedian Jaboukie Young-White who coined the term "short king"; he wasn't poking fun at them but honoring them instead. One might argue that it's easy for short celebrities to be called "short kings" due to their status in the entertainment world, however, any real guy can be one. How? It all depends on perspective. It is true that the world is slowly waking up to embrace their so-called flaws and unconventional features to tear down the beauty standards set by men for generations. Whether men like to admit it or not, they too have some beauty standards, and being "tall" is something that all boys want to be regardless of which part of the world they live in. Also, it hurts men, even more, when women prefer tall men if they are on the shorter size. This is most apparent of dating sites like Tinder where users prevent men from contacting them if they under 6ft. Moreover, people prefer leaders who are tall with regards to the running of countries and even companies.

Short guys are branded with having a Napoleon Complex

Interestingly, this sort of sizeism begins in Kindergarten where teachers perceive shorter boys as less capable and intelligent than the taller ones. Joseph Vandello, a social psychologist at the University of Southern Florida, said, "Because of [the correlation between height and perceived masculinity], a lot of men feel kind of a chronic sense of anxiety and uncertainty about their manhood status." Not to mention, most short guys are branded with having a Napoleon Complex of being angry and resentful to over-compensate for their lack of height. Men are slowly realizing that traditional masculinity is actually overrated and that being manly is about making a difference in the world, to serve other people, not about who is taller. While some may slight the term "short king" slightly overrated, it can mean the world to a short guy who feels he isn't represented at all in pop culture, while inspiring him to take pride in his body.

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