Steve Sailer wonders why heightism is not only tolerated but is even encouraged on account of being perceived as humorous. It’s no secret that shorter men are, ceteris paribus, at a disadvantage to taller men in the dating market, but it isn’t much of a focus even for those who concerns themselves fighting body shaming.
Though it is short men who probably suffer most from heightism, they aren’t the only ones who do. A woman who is taller than the average man tends to experience a reduced pool of men who potentially express interest.
And for men the return on heights aren’t just diminishing, at some point they invert. I’d estimate at about two standard deviations above the mean–around 6’3 or 6’4 for white or black men–it becomes a pain. Past that point it generally becomes the first thing other people take notice of. I have a friend who is 6’8 and he says that about half the time he meets someone new he receives a comment on his height. Often it’s a question about playing basketball, something he only did through high school.
Steve also notes historic gaps in social class by height, although speculates they’ve mostly disappeared as nutritional access has improved. Steve is good at noticing, but the GSS allows us an empirical check. In its 2016 and 2018 iterations, the survey recorded respondent height. For both men and women (restricted to non-Hispanic whites to avoid racial confounding) the differences are negligible:
While height disparities by class have converged in modern times, weight differences have flipped. Eating copious quantities of food is no longer a status marker–or at least that marker runs directionally opposite from what it used to:
GSS variables used: HEIGHT, WEIGHT, CLASS(1-2)(3-4), RACECEN1(1), HISPANIC(1), SEX