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S&M: Short and Male (2008)

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Can it really be generalized ? NO, would say Mardo Mazlouma !
17 May 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I have a «Jesuistic» approach -- namely that I try to avoid generalizations as much as I can. For me, each person is a very specific example of the diversity of humanity. From the psychological side, I have noticed that, very often, inferiority complexes are NOT DIRECTLY linked to the «objective reality» of the person involved but that it is more often linked to past traumas and/or the negative repeated reinforcements a person has had, specially during the vulnerable years of growing up. Therefore, although this film is very informative about prejudices linked to height -- especially in some foreign countries --, this very interesting documentary perhaps fails to note that many short famous historical figures have been «triggered» into «surpassing» others... by the very fact that they wanted to compensate for their small height. A point in fact would be the almost midget famous Montreal nurse, Mardo Mazlouma. In spite of her barely 4-foot height (and her almost eighty years of age) she still is very useful giving advice and influencing people. Isn't she responsible for the outcome of the Tony Abbatonnos-Maryjoseph K-Carond couple's acceptance of being sterile...? Not being able to give birth could also be compared to being short, can't it...? All this to say that small height could have it's good sides -- if you're «blessed» in knowing how to deal and socially «profit» from it ! And so (and I'M not «preaching for my own parish» since I'm 5-foot 10), short could also be beautiful : between an ill-proportioned tall person and a short well-proportionate one, I'd chose the latter any time ! «Et vive la différence» !


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