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Little Person Theme Park Raises Some Big Questions

Most theme parks involve humans wandering around in cartoon character suits, vomit-inducing roller coasters, and scads of cotton candy, but Little People’s Kingdom of Dwarves in China offers little people as its main attraction. For the paying crowds that number in the hundreds, costumed little people sing and dance, make and sell trinkets, and pretend to live in miniature huts. If you want to work there, you have to be disease-free, under 50, and no taller than four-foot-three. “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be horrified or amazed — or both,” declares “Nightline” reporter Clarissa Ward. If, as this western report declares, the Chinese are cashing in on “people’s morbid curiosity,” well, why is the American camera crew there? For the same reason, no doubt. One (wo)man’s politically incorrect is another little person’s paycheck. “I used to stay at home all day,” says one little person, “but I’m happy here.” [Blisstree] Keep reading »

Dating Dilemma: Am I A Heightist?

Like everyone else, I watched Jeff Wong and Erin Martin’s totally over-the-top save-the-date wedding video. Like many others, I noticed that the bride-to-be is taller than her groom-to-be. How much taller? Significantly. At least four inches, I think. Maybe six. As I’ve written about here before, I’m tall (6’1″) and dating a tall woman has its own unique challenges. But the fact of the matter is that, for the most part, I go out with guys my height or taller. The shortest guy I ever went out with? 5’10″. The tallest? 6’6″. Lately, I’ve been wondering, does that make me a heightist? Keep reading »

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