At a societal level, seeing women’s height as an oddity or unfortunate condition has had serious health consequences. For decades, endocrinologists administered shots of estrogen to teen girls projected to be taller than 6 feet in order to stop their growth. The reason? Women that tall were considered unmarriageable. The consequences? Many have experienced fertility problems later in life. While it seems barbaric to inject pre-teen girls with hormones so they can meet what is essentially a beauty standard, this is not ancient history. In The Tall Book, journalist Arianne Cohen writes that as of 2002, 137 of 411 endocrinologists surveyed were still offering height-reduction treatments.

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