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Posted: 10 October 2010 at 7:37pm | IP Logged
I find this show interesting as it talks about a different, and common form of discrimination: height.
 
So many have talked about discrimination against women, against the poor, against darker skinned individuals, but notice how all of them are astoundingly beautiful (or can be made beautiful). Nobody talks of heightism, a documented form of common discrimination.
 
Two thumbs up indeed, best wishes to Juhi for the show and for her dream to become a doctor!
 
Do read articles on heightism - the name of discrimination against height. Did you know it is second in line after the term sexism?
 
It is also called the Napolean complex.

Napoleon complex is an informal term describing an alleged type of inferiority complex which is said to affect some people, especially men, who are short in stature. The term is also used more generally to describe people who are driven by a perceived handicap to overcompensate in other aspects of their lives. Other names for the term include Napoleon syndrome[1] and Short Man syndrome.[2] It does not appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)[3]

The Napoleon complex is named after French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The conventional wisdom is that Napoleon compensated for his short height by seeking power, war and conquest. However, Napoleon was actually of average height for his time period and misconceptions may have been due to an incorrect conversion of his height. Historians have now suggested Napoleon was 5'6" (1.68 m) tall.[4] Napoleon was often seen with his Imperial Guard, which contributed to the perception of him being short because the Imperial Guards were above average height. In psychology, the Napoleon complex is regarded as a derogatory social stereotype.[5]

 
Here are the first few pastings from wikipedia.org
 
Height discrimination or heightism is a form of discrimination based on height. In principle it can refer to treatment of either unusually tall or short people.
 

The term heightism was coined by sociologist Saul Feldman in a paper titled "The presentation of shortness in everyday life—height and heightism in American society: Toward a sociology of stature", presented at the meeting of the American Sociological Association in 1971.[1][2] Heightism was included in the Second Barnhart Dictionary of New English (1971)[3] and popularized by Time magazine in a 1971 article on Feldman's paper.[4]

The word is an example of Time magazine's habit of supplying new words through "unusual use of affixes",[5] although Time itself objected to the term's inclusion in the 1991 Random Webster's College Dictionary, citing it as an example of the dictionary "straining ... to avoid giving offense, except to good usage" and "[lending] authority to scores of questionable usages, many of them tinged with politically correct views."[6]

Heightism is one of a proliferation of neologisms relating to prejudice and discrimination that are lexically patterned after sexism

The term heightism was coined by sociologist Saul Feldman in a paper titled "The presentation of shortness in everyday life—height and heightism in American society: Toward a sociology of stature", presented at the meeting of the American Sociological Association in 1971.[1][2] Heightism was included in the Second Barnhart Dictionary of New English (1971)[3] and popularized by Time magazine in a 1971 article on Feldman's paper.[4]

The word is an example of Time magazine's habit of supplying new words through "unusual use of affixes",[5] although Time itself objected to the term's inclusion in the 1991 Random Webster's College Dictionary, citing it as an example of the dictionary "straining ... to avoid giving offense, except to good usage" and "[lending] authority to scores of questionable usages, many of them tinged with politically correct views."[6]

Heightism is one of a proliferation of neologisms relating to prejudice and discrimination that are lexically patterned after sexism

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Posted: 12 October 2010 at 5:02am | IP Logged
interesting... thanks for this info and I also hope that this serial does well as they have chosen a different topic to focus on rather than the norm

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Posted: 13 October 2010 at 6:33pm | IP Logged
Awesome post. Thanx

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