Do's and Don'ts for Short People


  • Do believe in yourself

  • Do fight for your rights

  • Do use a combination of overt and covert tactics to fight the wrongs that others perpetrate against short people

  • Do use legal means

  • Do hold your head high

  • Do buy clothes that make you look good (as difficult as that may be sometimes)

  • Do respond to slights (as long as it's not a foolish risk)

  • Do take the issue of short stature discrimination seriously

  • Do eat properly

  • Do workout

  • Do learn to physically defend yourself

  • Do relax

  • Do help other short people

  • Do make the issue of short stature discrimination known

  • Do be strong (physically and mentally)

  • Do remember that there ARE others like you (this writer is one!)

  • Do live in a place that minimizes stress

  • Do write about discrimination against short people

  • Do be prepared for the unexpected

  • Do guard your dignity

  • Do discuss your height only with a trusted friend, family member, or a trained, qualified professional that knows that there is real discrimination and dislike of short people

  • Do attempt to initiate organizations for short people (colleges, schools, communities, etc)

  • Do make legitimate complaints when needed

  • Do expose others who attempt to hurt you

  • Do watch and see how taller others are treated in comparison with you (words, tone of voice, actions, facial expressions, etc.)




  • Don't be intimidated by larger or taller people

  • Don't believe a professional psychologist or non-short person (or anyone else for that matter) who tells you the problem is in YOU

  • Don't convey weakness

  • Don't kiss A-S-S

  • Don't hurt yourself with anger

  • Don't be passive

  • Don't be caught off guard

  • Don't be silly or childish (Society loves a valid reason to discriminate against you)

  • Don't be intimidated by police or people with uniforms

  • Don't do drugs or alcohol

  • Don't associate with those who don't respect you or those who treat you improperly - AND THAT INCLUDES EVEN FAMILY (many times the worst perpetrators of injustice to short people are family members)