Music is one of my favorite things in the world. I’m the girl you’ll see belting out Journey shamelessly in my car while people just look at me like I’m crazy. My favorite genres are classic rock and alternative rock from the 90’s, but I inevitably ended up adding some country to my repertoire after I moved south (remarkably, considering I used to not like country at all).
In all of my music-listening years, I’ve noticed something that bothers me . How many artists can you think of that wrote songs describing a woman with long legs? Plenty come to mind: Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Rod Stewart, Florida-Georgia Line…you get the idea. We could go on all day.
New challenge! How many artists can you think of that wrote songs describing a woman with short legs? That one’s not so easy, huh? Why are songwriters so discriminatory against short girls?
It’s no secret that the ridiculous beauty standards our society admires are pretty rigid, and being tall is one of them. That’s pretty fucking unfair to short people because we didn’t get to choose our height and it’s not something we can change about ourselves with some effort, like dieting to lose weight or buying new makeup. I am the tallest girl in my family and I topped out at a whopping 5’3” so I guess the cards were stacked against me from the beginning looks-wise. Good thing my husband likes my short pale legs.
Someone really needs to start writing songs about us short-legged girls, because we need love and inclusion too. We may not fit society’s image of a “hot girl” but we’re cute, spunky, and innovative enough to overcome the challenges of our lack of height. Doesn’t that deserve some respect? So get on it, songwriters. We’re waiting!