- Gender and Relationships
Things people say to Tall Girls
Tall Ladies: Always Raising the Bar
The average female height in the U.S. is 5 ft 4. The average male height is 5 ft. 9,1/2 .
I am a tall girl. And not just above average height – I’m six foot and three quarter inches. I know because my friend measured me while we were at a bar the other night, which is the kind of thing people are inspired to do around tall people. I’ve been this height since ninth grade. For a while there it looked like I might level out at 5 foot 11, but after the initial growth spurt my body was still reeling from the momentum and I eeked out an extra inch and three quarters. I would argue that there is a vast difference once you hit the six-foot boundary, for that puts you solidly in man-height territory, and makes people raise their eyebrows - "six foot"?
This hub is going to be a bit self-indulgent I will admit. And as much as I complain about being tall, I should add a disclaimer that I know it’s the way I was made, it makes me special, and I should wear it proudly. But that’s not what this hub is about. It’s about educating the public on the things people say to tall girls, and how it is construed in the tall girl’s mind.
"I wish I was that tall."
If this comment is coming from a man, it makes me think he's insecure around me. It kind of sucks that a lot of men feel uncomfortable dating women taller than them. It's almost worse that I've bought into gender roles so much that it also bothers me if he's shorter (sometimes). Does the person saying "I wish I was that tall" know that being tall can make us feel less feminine? I didn't own my first pair of heels until a few years into my twenties - I had no desire to make myself more noticeable than I already was.
Nooooo really. I hate being at a cocktail party and getting this observation thrown at me. For one, how do you respond to that? (Yes, it’s true, I am! Good icebreaker.) And secondly, we don’t go around saying: you’re short, you’re fat, or you have a big nose. This leads me to believe that being tall is a good distinction to have, otherwise people wouldn’t feel comfortable pointing it out. And yet…it’s difficult being different. A part of us really wants to just blend into the crowd, be like everyone else. Be a slightly shorter snowflake.
"Do you play basketball?"
Since when do we tall girls have to put our height to use? Do very tall guys get asked this question as often? As an athlete myself (though not a basketball player) I enjoyed the benefits that being tall brought, but winced at the thought that people attributed my athletic success to my height. Whenever a short girl beat me, I couldn’t help but feel like she was viewed as the little David and me the Goliath. Heightism again: the bad guys are often taller than the protagonist - it's a part of our intimidation tactics.
"You should model."
Okay, this one is somewhat flattering. Because I’m hoping it suggests that aside from my height you think I’ve got what it takes. But it also reminds me of the fact that while tall people are prized on the runway and in sports, in real life we get a little awkward. So let’s keep those tall people up on a pedestal where they do things really well like looking good in dresses and reaching over people’s heads.
A Heighted Family
"Are your parents really tall?"
Well yes, actually, they are. Frequently these things are genetic. Being around my dad and my brother is the best, because I get to feel like a shorty. It is valid though that on average people have been getting taller with each generation, suggesting that there are factors other than genetics afoot. I hope that by the time I’m a grandma all the young folk around me will be lanky six-foot somethings, so I finally can get lost in the crowd.
10 benefits of being a tall girl
To balance this hub out, I will now list ten benefits of being a tall girl.
1) People remember you.
2) It gives you an advantage in sports.
3) People ask if you're a model.
4) You will never be average.
5) You can see the stage in big concerts and find people in crowds more easily.
6) You have long legs – a sexy trait.
7) You can hide any unwanted weight gain more easily.
8) Tall women make more money than short women.
9) It inspires respect.
10) I probably feel safer walking alone at night than my shorter female friends.
Tall Female Celebrities
Julia Child (chef, author) – 6'2"
Uma Thurman (actress) – 6'
Jane Lynch (actress, Glee star) – 6'
Best Comeback to a Tall Person Joke
Q: “How’s the weather up there?”
A: “You have bird poop on your head.”