Micro LoveMay 4, 2012
We must teach ourselves to desire the short. The greatest challenge to achieve the goal of smaller humans is our cultural and biological inclination to think bigger is better. Bigger as better is programmed so deeply into our subconsciousness that to think outside of its deeply embedded pattern seems almost impossible. But we must. One thing that could immediate change is deeply personal to all of us: we should change traditional desires in finding our life partner. Stimulating desire for shorter partners would mean we’d have shorter children, which in the end would create a significant decline in consumption. The Incredible Shrinking Man estimated that a proportionate reduction in height of 20% (0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 = 0,512) could represent a reduction in resource needs of up to 48.8%. Such a reduction could be accomplished in about 4 generations.
Because an inclination for the very short is outside normative sexual behaviour (especially for women) perhaps we should look at sexual ‘disorders’ as a source of inspiration to understand how such a paradigm change could happen. Especially microphilia (sexual desire for impossibly small women) and macrophilia (sexual fantasies involving giants) have the potential to provide us with interesting formats and an understanding of extreme size-difference related desire.
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