I’ve been called numerous names in my life. I was the tallest guy in my junior high class, but the summer before my freshman year of high school was a most unproductive time for my body (and social life).
I returned to see that 95% of my classmates rose above me–literally. The years of towering over my peers disappeared forever, and though I was expecting it to return in the following months, it never did.
I’ve been called “shorty,” “dwarf,” “baby,” all of which I tried to brush off my shoulders, but when you’re trying to attract the hottie in the corner, the last thing you want to hear is someone make fun of your height. It also didn’t help that my name was David (David & Goliath jokes never ended).
Standing at 5’7, I know I’m not the shortest guy in the world, but since the average height for a man in America is 5’9 ½, I sadly remain a dwarf inside the gay community, whose interpretation of beauty requires a stature of at least 5’10. But I’ve learned recently that being short is the sexiest quality a man can have.
Tall guys might be the first ones to get noticed, but short ones will always be remembered.
A short person is always going to surprise you in a good way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dated tall guys I expect to be packing heat in the kitchen (if you know what I mean) but always disappoint me. Even outside the bedroom, tall men tend to opt out of efforts to be part of the group – they don’t have to be because it’s impossible for them to be ignored due to the sheer physicality of their height.
This is why, in my opinion, a room with two short people tends to be more entertaining than one full of tall people. Sure they might be sexy to look at or alluring to imagine wrapping their giant arms around you, but at the end of the day, all they do is take up well-needed legroom.
When it comes to first impressions, why are short folks always the last to be given a chance? I’m not in any way being prejudice towards tall people, however it’s come to my attention that when asking gay guys which “qualities” they look for in men, most point to the height factor.
Many people associate being tall with being strong, powerful, dominant, aggressive, healthy and energetic, which is anything but true. I for one have come across countless of giants who are as sluggish as any snail I’ve seen outside my patio.
What’s the first thing you think of when you imagine celebrities like Zac Efron, Darren Criss and Mark Wahlberg? They’re sexy, strong, funny, and you know they’re bringing their A-game to the bedroom. Well guess what, they’re all 5’8! Dave Franco, James McAvoy, and my husband Josh Hutcherson are all 5’7. Usher is 5’7 ½ and Bruno Mars is 5’5.
Still think being tall is the end all be all of sexy?
Not only are short guys more loveable, but we also look younger for much longer than other dudes who hit the ceiling fan by the time they’re fifteen. We can shop in both the petite and regular section, and not to mention we’re always going to have extra space in the bed for you to fit in. It seems to me the whole idea that being tall is a non-negotiable when seeking out men should be readjusted strongly.
It’s time for short guys in the gay community to unite! We may be small, but damn it, we’re always going to be the life of the party. Sure the tall guys might be the first ones to be noticed, but we’re the ones who are going to be remembered. There’s power in being short. It doesn’t matter how far you are from the ground, when you stand tall, think tall, and live your life large, you will overpower the tallest of the pack.