The perils of partying with short people

Tall people everywhere, but possibly particularly women, will recognise the symptoms of a decent night out – aching shoulders and back, extraordinarily bad posture and possible leg cramps.

Trying to hold a conversation in a noisy pub on a Saturday night is a feat in itself if you’re of average or short stature, but if you’re tall (and in The Tall Book, by Arianne Cohen, 6’3”, that means women over 5’10” and men over 6’2”) that feat becomes a contortionist’s dream.

Look at a tall woman in a party, and you’re likely to see some variation of the one-leg-twisted-around-the other or the extreme-slouch-to-one-side-with-one-leg-sticking-out or the tee-peeing of the legs so the torso and head moves lower, closer to the height of the other person in the conversation.

Forget the sore feet from high heels or the hoarse voice from trying to shout over the music – trying to get within earshot of the often amazingly short general population is a never-ending task for Talls, as Ms. Cohen calls us.

Often, I have found that sitting down is the most posture-friendly way to have a conversation at these parties.  I’m generally more within earshot of my fellow partiers at that level than when standing, so if you ever come across any animated party-goers perched on tables and chairs, draw yourself up to your full height and enjoy the conversation!

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