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>> There is still a very subtle discrimination against black people and gays in this country, but the discrimination towards people who are fat or obese is loud and clear and out in the open. It's always open season on fat people. It's no fun being the one who is being judged. The only way to reduce the discrimination is to make lots of noise. <<

To some degree, short men get this, too. If a short guy is assertive, he's a "Napoleon" with a "short man's complex" and all that crap. And generation after generation of women have been raised to believe in the "tall, dark and handsome" myth.

When I was a short (5'4"), bald, fat man, I was definitely discriminated against. No question or doubt about it in my mind or in the minds of some of my close colleagues of many years. Now I am less fat, but more bald, and still the same height; Nothing that can be done about that, of course. I also learned a few years ago that a particular supplier of ours, that I was often tough with, nicknamed me "Napoleon" :-) It leaked out and my friends told me about it ... and I laughed because it was funny.

In all seriousness, it has taken me at least an extra 5-6 years to get where I am professionally today. Most of that extra time was spent moving from bosses that judged primarily on the order of "looks", "behavior", "capability", to bosses that judged primarily on the order of "capability", "behavior", "looks". Luckily (not really luck since I chose it) I am in the engineering field rather than the sales/marketing field in which your physical attributes count even more.
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