Body shaming especially in the media comes in all forms. Are you too fat, too skinny, too pale, too dark, too muscular, breasts and butt too big or too small, nose too big or too small, the list goes on and on..but the biggest question, and it starts from day one, is - are you tall enough?
I'm not sure when this "my baby is whatever percent bigger than others" started. But I'm hearing it left and right. It's said with such pride because guess what folks! Being taller is better! You'll never hear someone say my baby is 60 percent smaller than other babies with such pride. If children are taller than average then the future is open - he could be a basketball player! She could be a model! I'm a tall person myself, so I'm not sure what average/shorter children heard growing up - maybe you'd make a great manager? Most likely nothing at all.
This type of body shaming from the get go is especially interesting because it's pretty much the only one that you have zero influence on. Within reasonable degree and medical diseases aside, you could change your weight, your skin tone a few shades, get a nose or boob job to fit inside social standards or to be the best you in your opinion. That height though. Sure, you could break your legs to gain an inch maybe, but you aren't going to go from 5'3" to 6'3". Also, in a strange twist in the world of body shaming, the short jokes are untouchable. Make a joke about someones appearance in any other regards and you are shunned by society and the internet. But, tee-hee, look how short he is.
As continually portrayed in media and ads - one of the most timeless and classic pieces of women's fashion is the high heel. Girls feel and look empowered in them. It makes you stand straighter, lifts that butt up and praise the heavens - it makes you taller! Let's not forget this started in male fashion. Which comes to no shock, because height seems to be an issue for males from back in height frustrated Neapolitan times.
The most common description of the ideal male soul mate is literally - tall, dark, and handsome. Tall, not surprisingly, is the first requirement. It seems a guy can be not so good looking or fit or smart, but if he's seven feet tall, then damnnn, boy! A shorter guy, on the other hand, he's got to work for some attention. His body, looks and personality have to be more on point. As if he has to make up for his height. Girls have a slightly easier time with this. They can take the description of being "cute or petite" as a shorty as a compliment. Though, even Kim Kardashian has made the claim that she would have loved to been a model, like leggy Kendall, but she just didn't have the height. In the stick figure model world, it's not her body shape that held her back but her length.
I understand with the "what percentile is my baby in" is helpful to a certain degree. Most parents would like the comfort of knowing their baby is healthy and growing. Only the thing is your baby could be healthy and growing no matter if they are at the 55% percentile mark or 96% mark. It's the way this information is presented to others around you that shames other body types. If you have one son who is on the short side and one who is tall, no matter how much you comfort that short son that "height doesn't matter" he can see you swell with pride when you or someone else comments on the tall height of your other son. Which is not a strange feeling to have, as society has been raised with the impression that taller is better.
All I can end with is that in this tall people loving society - bless the Heavens for Kevin Hart.