An unlucky-in-love dwarf has revealed how he is struggling to find a partner – because women don’t find his height sexy enough.
Chris Amor, 26, has been on the lookout for love over the past 12 months – but had never had a girlfriend or been on a date.
The university student believes women overlook him as a potential suitor because they judge him by his 4ft 10ins frame rather than getting to know his personality.
As well as a challenging love-life he says he also faces constant abuse from people in the street who point and laugh at him and take photos without his permission.
The bar worker also revealed he gets drunken pub customers making hurtful comments about his size as well as patting him on the head “like a dog.”
Chris has spoken about the daily challenges his faces living with dwarfism and urged people not to treat him like a freak show.
And he also appealed for any single ladies not to dismiss him because of his size and to give him a chance to find love.
Chris, from Hereford, said: “I think girls are misguided by the common perception that a man should be taller than his girlfriend.
“Dwarfism doesn’t make anyone less of a person, it shouldn’t make them less employable or less attractive.
“I’ve never had a girlfriend or been on a date.
“It’s daunting going up to a girl and trying to have a conversation with them when not only your height hinders you, but your social interaction skills too.
“I often go out to bars with friends from university, but clubbing can be very overbearing for me as I feel very claustrophobic.
“I tried online dating but people didn’t seem interested as soon as I mentioned my height.”
“I love being social, but I just feel like girls judge me straight away because of the obvious height difference, rather than getting to know my personality.
“You are attracted to who you are attracted to but I think some people are put off dating shorter men because there is this idea in society that men should be taller than the woman.”
He is hoping that by speaking out people will think twice about the way they treat people with dwarfism.
Chris, who studies animation at Worcester University, was born with Jeune syndrome and has endured nasty comments from people throughout his life.
He says the levels of abuse he has suffered is the equivalent to racism and sexism.
He added: “My issue is I am obviously different looking to most people but that doesn’t mean you should judge someone on their height alone.
“I feel like heightism needs to be recognised in the same way sexism and racism is recognised – a lot of these things are far more unacceptable in society.”
“Daily, if I go out in public or work I will get whispering or staring – verbally people will shout the “M” word at me.
“I’ll get unwanted physical touching, like people coming up to me and patting me on the head like a dog.
“It’s like I’m some kind of freak show.
“People will take photographs of me in the street, and sometimes I don’t even realise they’re doing it.”
“It’s not the fact that the photo could be bad – it’s that I don’t know what happens with those pictures, whether they’re shared on social media.
“It’s the principle. Sometimes it is like people see me as an entire different species instead of just another human being.
“Children will often point at me and tell their parents ‘Look at that funny man’.
“But what hurts is when I get comments or dirty looks from adults who should know better.
“I want to emphasise that people are people no matter what and no-one should be ashamed of their body.
“It’s also not about shaming people but to make them more aware.”
He also hopes with more actors like Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, appearing in TV shows it will help to change perceptions.
Chris added: “Dwarfs are occasionally used in films, but to portray gremlins or goblins.
“It would be nice to have a greater number of more favourable characters being played by actors like Warwick Davis.”
Restricted growth is believed to affect between 4,500 and 6,000 people in the UK with around 200 distinct medical conditions causing dwarfism.