What It’s Like Being 6 Feet Tall in a World That Doesn’t Want Women To Take up Space

There are bigger disadvantages to being tall than ill-fitting clothes

Charlie Brown
Bitchy

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I’m 5ft 11.5in and I’m pretty sure I’m still growing.

Either that or my husband is shrinking. We’ve always been roughly the same height, but recently, I noticed I’m a fair whack taller than he is.

Whether I’m defying science or not, the point is that I am very tall for a woman. Around eight inches more than the British average.

Being tall comes with some superficial advantages. I can see over people’s heads at concerts. I can reach the supermarket's top shelf without asking for help.

The general narrative is that being tall is a good thing. And whilst you’d be forgiven for thinking the worst thing that happens to us tallies is that we can’t find clothes to fit or get asked how’s the weather up there, the reality is somewhat different.

The reality is that the world doesn’t like it when women take up space. And I can’t help that I take up rather a lot of it.

For years I tried to make myself smaller. Cuter. I wanted to fit in with what the world expected of me as a woman. To be little and sweet and feminine.

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Charlie Brown
Bitchy
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Writer of opinions. Wine & food pro. Editor of Rooted, a boostable Medium food & drink pub. Niche-avoidant. Also at thesaucemag.substack.com