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I'm all for acknowledging the struggle for representation in certain demographics and promoting real, effective ways to change that.

I would also like to voice my own genre: Short People representation. Similar to Plus Sized representation, but on the other end of the spectrum.

As always, feel free to the idea.

I will now list some examples.

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Did you know that no retailer in Canada sells size 6.5 dress shoes?

If I, or anyone else, want a pair of dress shoes that is smaller than size 7, you have to order from another country.

This doubles the cost of the shoes, because Canada charges duties on anything imported as punishment for not buying Canadian.

See the paradox here? Yeah.

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How about pants? I am size 30x30. There are perhaps two retailers that sell this size that I'm aware of, American Eagle and Bluenotes.

Don't feel like buying jeans? Well, I hope you have a good tailor. Because no other retailer will sell you pants that are smaller than 30x32.

Fun fact: Uniqlo only sells pants that are 34" long, which is probably the largest default pant size I've ever seen.

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More on pants: the pants that DO "fit" aren't really designed for short people, they are designed for average sized people who happen to have short legs.

Don't believe me? Buy a pair of dress pants and put them on. They will most likely conform to your waist and pelvic area.

As you might be unsurprised to know, smaller people have smaller pelvic areas.

This has somehow evaded clothing manufactures H&M, A&E, and others.

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Like, dear Banana Republic, Marks Work Warehouse, Hollister, and other massive, stylish brands: I want your clothes!

But I can't wear them because apparently I don't qualify as an adult to your marketing team.

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Let's talk about media.

In the MCU, can you guess how many men characters are shorter than the average male height (which is 5'6", or 1.7m)?

Did you say zero? Because you're right.

How about Bond? You know, the stereotypically suave and sexy masculine character for the last 50 years.

Zero again? Look at you go!

Justice League films? Zero.

X-Men films? One (Peter Dinklage)

Star Wars? One. (The dude who operated R2D2)

Doctor Who? One (No catch. Whoo-hoo!)

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Apparently (unless your Tom Cruise) if you're under the average, you don't get to be an action hero.

Now, on one hand, taller men are more likely to survive the kinds of plot devices apparent in action films. It's undeniable that Captain America's size helped him fight off 11 dudes in an elevator that one time.

On other hand, that's a lazy excuse. If a superhuman is short, they're still a fucking superhuman.

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I'm not asking for the world here. The "if this is a universe where there's X, there can be Y" is lazy if not applied correctly. And so, if there's a short superhero, have them face reasonable limits.

Fighting a Chris Evans-sized guy? Have them struggle to succeed because their height is a disadvantage. Or have them act resourceful. Or give them a power that compliments their situation.

And no, I'm not just talking about being the tech guy ffs.

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For example, many comic book fans are aware that Wolverine is 5'4" in the comic books. His actor, Hugh Jackman, is 6'.

I'm not ripping on Jackman (Logan is in my all time favourites) but you can tell no one gave a shit about short representation when that casting was made.

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Relationship movies are a whole other beast.

For films depicting straight couples, the man is *always * taller than the woman. The only exception in living memory, for me, is The Hunger Games.

As far as Hollywood is concerned, if you're a short man, you're not attractive.

James Corden made a comment similar to this one, about plus sized men: in Hollywood, fat = funny. Plus sized men apparently never get to be seen as romantic.

Likewise: short men.

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I don't need to rant about the importance of representation because this is the fedi and you're all aware of its importance.

Just once, I'd like to see a short character be the superhero. Be the romantic protagonist. Be desired without having to prove themselves against someone who is clearly taller and more attractive. To not be the but of a joke (looking at you, Kevin Hart).

Short men are kings with no caveats.

I just wish the media saw that.

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@gekko After a quick conversion graph, well, I am fucked in Canada...

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@gekko that's really odd considering uniqlo is a japanese clothing brand

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@gekko but seriously, that shit sucks a lot

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@Aleums It's expensive wearing clothes that fit as a short person, because you're either tailoring all your clothes, or buying from the States.

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@Aleums Also, right? I'm living in Vancouver. Where do all the Japanese/Korean/Chinese people shop?

If anyone knows, please tell me. I too would like clothes that fit.

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@gekko i'm 30x32* and looking for something that fits (w/o sewing in bits that leave lumps of doubled-up fabric grinding against my hips) already suuucks... just glad i got this augur my dad bought decades ago so i can punch holes in belts (which gets more frequent as they wear out faster)

my only consolation is vanity at having kept this slim boyish figure even as i approach the big four oh

*probably under 32 now after i started wearing shoes without heels on them

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@carcinopithecus Belts is definitely another thing. Quite frankly I see little excuse in belt manufacturers not making, like, 10% of them smaller than normal. I like not having to wrap half the belt back around my waste after digging an impromptu hole in it with a knife.

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@gekko men’s pants (not jeans) are 34” long not because people’s legs are that long but because they are /designed/ to be hemmed up. It just seemed like you might not know this, but it does not take away from your overall very valid critique

a somewhat pedantic and mansplainy answer about 34” pants 

@gekko almost every mens dress pant will only be 34” long with the expectation you will get them tailored

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@alex I appreciate you raising your point!

Higher end dress pants requiring a hem tracks because, well, you’re already spending money on nice pants, I’m sure the tailoring job is proportional.

This being considered, I have, on occasion, found very nice dress pants that are 30” (H&M) but their quality varies.

I would argue that Uniqlo, as a fast fashion company, is unique in doing this, compared to similar clothing brands.

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