RAB: Tall Privilege

I have a high tolerance for bullshit, having been on the Internet for a while.  You kinda have to.  Otherwise, you go totally nuts.  Because there’s a lot of bullshit out there.  The biggest rule of perusing the Internet is – just when you think you’ve found the dumbest thing, you’ll be proven wrong.  No matter how dumb it gets, it can always get dumber.  For real, never think that you’ve seen the stupidest that humanity has to offer.  The Internet will prove you dead wrong.  With that in mind, let’s talk about Tumblr!

Tumblr is a site for the really dumb.  I have a Tumblr, so you can infer about how dumb I am.  Though I keep it mainly for porn and watching the SJW stupidity.  These people are my mortal enemy, so I have to keep a close eye on what they’ve got their finger on the pulse of.  I thought  I’ve seen all of the stupidity.  There is Headmates, Thin Privilege, Cis Scum (for real, the term “cis” needs to fucking go!), White Privilege, Ableism, Cultural Appropriation, Otherkin, and “Trigger Warnings.”  The last of those absolutely boggles the mind.  It infantilizes women in the extreme, treating them like they are scared little babies who need cuddling.  As Sommers said, they had a room for people “triggered” which had coloring books, pillows, blankets and a video of puppies!  If that doesn’t treat women like they are four years old, I don’t know what does.  God help those women when they get out into the real world, and learn that their boss doesn’t give two fucks about what “triggers” them.

But I came across a new thing that I hadn’t heard of before.  Remember what I said about when you think you’ve heard the dumbest thing.  Well, I’ve heard of a new thing – tall privilege.  I shit you not, it’s a real thing.  And there’s a Tumblr talking about it.  It’s called “The Checking of the Privilege.”  Let’s learn a bit about this Tumblr.  What’s the About section say?

23, femme-presenting queer trans non-binary two-spirit genderfluid, xe/xir/hir/xirself pronouns, pansexual, PoC (1/16th Native American), white-passing except for hijab, Muslim (convert), neuro-atypical (self-diagnosed aspergers), economically privileged, sex-positive, body-positive, vegan, sociology major, loves Disney.

Alright, we’ve got almost ALL the major Tumblrisms here.  I don’t see any of that Otherkin insanity, but we can mark things off the checklist pretty easily.  I get the feeling that this is going to be kind of dumb.  So, Checking of the Privilege, what is “tall privilege.”

Dear tall people: yes tall privilege is a thing and you’re totally unaware of it

Being over 5’10” tall is a privilege regardless of your gender identity or race. Being tall gives you power as other people see you as more powerful. Tall people also have LOTS of advantages to everything that smaller people do not have. Please be aware of it if you have it.

Huh.  Really.  Being tall gives me power?  Oh, gee.  I sure wish I’d known that sooner.  My search for a job would be so much easier!  I could just go to an employer and be like, “I got tall privilege, bitch!  Now give me a job!”  Yes, because being tall is a total cake-walk, right?

I’m 6′ 10-1/2″. I tower over everybody else.  You know what I can’t do – find clothes on stores that aren’t on the Internet.  You know how you can get clothes at discount stores for cheap?  I can’t!  Another thing I can’t do – find shoes that fit me somewhere that isn’t online.  You know what both of those problems have in common – they cost a fuck-ton of money!  And guess what I am?  Poor!  So when I hear people complaining that being tall is a privilege, I want to beat them with a my size 17 shoe.

You know what being really tall is?  Being tall is not fitting in showers.  Being tall is having to shill out a ton of money for new socks.  Being tall is not being able to fit in cars.  Being tall is not fitting in planes, trains, seat in theaters.  Nowhere is comfortable.  Do tell me about how much better tall people have it than short.

There is a never-ending cycle on Tumblr of people who want to insist that their little BS issue is so important.  “I got called a mean name at school!  That must mean I’m oppressed!”  “I couldn’t reach something on the shelf!  That means that tall people have it better!”  Tumblrites have convinced themselves that they need to be coddled and have every little issue that bothers them be raised up to epic status.  But the real truth – there is no tall privilege.  There is no thin privilege.  There is no white privilege.  You know what the real kind of privilege in this country is – wealth privilege.

Wealth is power.  Unless you have wealth, you have no real power.  Does the male sewer worker or soldier have more power than the female CEO?  No.  They don’t.  Society doesn’t give them anything.  Especially not the sewer worker.  That guy is looked down upon and treated like a loser, even though we need that person.  How about the guy at the IRS?  What power does he have of anyone?  He is hated and treated like a monster.  Yet that kid who ran over four people with his truck, killing them – he got off with a “probation” at a resort.  Poor him.  Anyone else, they would be in jail, for life.

And the next short person to bitch to me about “tall privilege,” you get back to me when you’ve hit your head on a door.  Otherwise, shut up.

Until next time, a quote,

“Everybody’s got some condition now, have you noticed that?”  -Doug Stanhope

Peace out,

Maverick

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