Filipinos love the game of basketball. Heck, my mom, my sister, my dad, my bros, cousins, uncles, aunts, seriously, make bets when it comes to basketball, especially in the finals. My bros love to play, including me of course. The four of us bros were fortunately blessed with at least 5'9" height so that we can be tall enough to jump for the rebound or at least do some blocks. Fortunately, we got our father's side of the genes because all the male cousins are at least that height.
Pinoys tend to be short. Sometimes I wish I was at least a six footer. Oh well, I've learned to live with my skin, my height. What's up with this height thing and the Pinoys though? I mean, in the US, there are studies that show that taller people make more money (and so do more beautiful people, but that is another blog altogether).
What's really funny is that Pinoys are one of the biggest discriminators (is that a word? heck, I like it) when it comes to height. What makes it hilarious is that short people make fun of shorter people. Short Pinoys making fun of even shorter Pinoys? What a backward country. Upside down maybe? What SHORTcoming! Pun intended.
I opened the classifieds in the Philippines one day, and what I saw got me all riled up. Some of the ads mentioned that an applicant, a Pinoy, must be at least 5'2" for women , for that position. Whoa!!! Did I read that right? Then I re-read the ad. Maybe it was for a flight attendant position? Flight attendants need to be a little taller to be able to perform their duties. Nope. Maybe it was for a play, and the character was about a giant? Nope. Maybe it was for picking mangoes and papayas, and no ladder was available. Nope.
It was for a damn office job. I read another. It was for a damn sales job. What the fuck? I don't normally swear, but what the fuck? OK, down emotions, let logic take over again. That basically eliminates 99 % of the female pool of applicants. Fine, fine, I'm exaggerating about that percentage, but the truth is, this is a blatant form of plain stupidity. What do they do at the interview? Measure your height?
"Please remove your high heels. Step here, with your back against the wall. Oh, and we need you to put down your hair as well."
Whoa! What the fuck!
I know, I get it. Taller women are more attractive, and thus are probably more able to sell. Or the taller secretary is a better view, better eye candy for the boss. Encourages employees to come to work when they see a pretty one.
Shit, even the president then would not qualify for such position.
Philippines, my Philippines. My backward Philippines. My short Philippines. Okay, back to logic. Why doesn't the media expose this? Where are the civil right organizations? Perhaps one of the qualifications for presidency should be height? How about skin color? How about weight?
Wanted. Pinoys, male only. Must be at least 6 ft. Must be fair skinned. Must not have missing teeth. Must have light brown eyes. Must be at least 200 lbs. What the hell, this is getting ridiculous.
Who's going to challenge these institutions? I mean, it wasn't on one ad, it was in almost every ad. And must be female! Whoa! That's another subject or blog altogether. How about those ads that mention must be under 30. Holy moly macaroni! What the fuck. Okay, I'm done swearing, damn it! Rambling. Rambling. Stay on topic. Go back to height issue.
Or just end it here before my head explodes. Damn, why do I get so worked up over this. I'll just play basketball with my brothers later to blow off some steam.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Short Filipino, Tall Filipino, Shortcomings
I believe in love, justice, equality, and life. I believe in the pursuit of happiness. Above all else, I believe in God. I started blogging since since August 18, 2006. I am not the same person I was once. My thoughts, perspectives, and opinions are different now.