Are short men more jealous?

The Great Beyond: Short men are the jealous type.

From the post: ‘Original research in the Nature office does not support a height-jealousy axis. One short Nature reporter said: “I’ve had several girlfriends cheat on me and I didn’t really care.” ‘

I would not know if short men are more jealous than tall ones (being a tall female myself, I have opted for tall men in my brief and mainly (thankfully) forgotten dating career). But I have often wondered if there is a correlation between height and aggressiveness of potential authors in attacking you (or attempting to charm you, which quickly changes to attack if charm offensive unsuccessful) in trying to get their paper published in your journal.

12 thoughts on “Are short men more jealous?

  1. I am deeply suspicious of tall charismatic men! Short and non-charismatic is good, tall and non-charismatic also good, short and charismatic often OK–but the combination of height, good looks and charm/aura is VERY BAD FOR THE MASCULINE CHARACTER! (I do not think height has such ill effects on women, I suppose in their case it is not so clearly counted as a social benefit!)

  2. LOL, Jenny – now I’ve forgotten what I wanted to say. I’m also tall for a gal (5’11”) and I’m asked out more often by short men than tall ones. Perhaps short men are more pushy because they feel they have to be to get anywhere. Anyway, my unscientific opinion, for what it’s worth.

  3. Yes, Jenny, a quick mental review indicates that I support your main argument — not so sure about the short and charismatic, though. I guess it is that adjective “charismatic” that is problematical, whatever the height!
    Agreed with your second sentence, Chartroose. Maybe they also have a propensity for red sports cars.

  4. I am a tall _Nature_ editor. I am tall in the vertical dimension, as well as from side to side. My mother (my _mother_) thinks I look like an Arab terrorist, and a (former) colleague thinks I look like an enforcer for the yakuza. I find that authors (of both sexes) are usually very nice to me.

  5. I am a post shortist in other words I have got over the trauma of being a short man.
    A true story:
    A elderly couple came in to my surgery and asked if I would treat the wife. The husband announced that he did not trust the dentist up the road because he was tall, blond, and very handsome. My staff looked embarassed and I chipped in with the comment that “you won’t have that problem here.”

  6. Yes, Norm, I’d be very suspicious of tall, blond, handsome dentists. And dentists who look like Laurence Oliver, but I know you are probably tired of that comparison. He was quite short, though, I think — and very blond when he played Hamlet, a wonderful performance.
    Henry — an enforcer for the yakuza? The last person like that I saw was Viggo Mortensen– neither too short nor too blond, but just right, perhaps? Even sans beard?

  7. This short woman is envious of anybody with height! Imagine me in the supermarket going up to someone taller and saying “can I borrow your extra height for a moment please?” Startled body usually follows me and obliges when I point to the top shelf object that I want retrieved. Life is full of boxes and ladders to stand on!

  8. That’s funny, Kerrie — I am often stopped in shops/supermarkets by fellow-shoppers and asked to reach things down from high shelves! (And happy to do so.)

  9. I agree with this hypothesis.
    My history: men are aware of their height and the impact.
    I’ve met men who have ‘made up’ for the lack of perceived male height by being wonderfully engaging personalities. And I still love them!
    They can go bitter ‘Why me’ and whine incessantly, or they can ‘simply be’ and make the most of life.
    The latter make for an interesting future…

  10. Maxine, Marathon Man on TV usually meant a quiet day at the surgery with lots of cancellations and of course the other star of this film apart from Olivier was a short man,Dustin Hoffman.

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