This morning, this article got my attention on Twitter: http://www.macleans.ca/society/life/tiny-country-big-people-why-the-dutch-tower-over-us-all/.
I already very briefly (as you do on Twitter) responded on it then, but I kept thinking of it.
There seems to have been a lot to do about the Dutch being tall lately. I mean, I know we are ‘famous’ for our height, but I feel there has been more attention for ‘us’ Tall Dutchies in the last few months. Or maybe it is selective perception as I have only recently started this blog and am more involved in the ‘tall community’ as I was before.
Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to think of the article: first of all, tall people in general do not like to be referred to as ‘big’, as we not necessarily are. When talking about height, please call us ‘tall’ (that also goes for you, Dutch people who seem to confuse these words very often!).
Then, Dutch people are generalized and compared to cheese: we are either short, red-faced, fat ones called ‘Edam’ or tall, thin, pale ones, called ‘Gouda’. That’s a bit too black and white for my liking; there is more to us than cheese (or clogs), we have people of all shapes and sizes in our tiny yet divers country.
I can’t argue with the fact that tall people have more children on average, if research suggests so. Yet, this article only mentions tall people being partners with other tall people, and being tall myself, I know for a fact that tall people are not necessarily attracted to tall people only.
So what happens if ‘other’ combinations than Gouda and Gouda breed? My parents are Gouda and Edam according to this article, my mum being ‘Edam’ (short, yet not fat, nor does she have a red face) and my dad being ‘Gouda’ (tall, thin, but not particular pale). They definitely got two ‘Goudas’ as my brother and I both are tall and (rather) thin.
Enough of this cheese analogy now; if Tall Male X Short Female produces Tall Males AND Tall Females, does this mean the tall gene is overruling the short gene, so is the tall gene a strong gene? My grandmother from my father’s side was slightly taller than my grandfather as well, and together, they produced 3 very Tall Males, and 3 slightly-taller-than-average-but-not-extremely-tall-Females. My cousins from this side of the family are all quite tall too though, so it looks like the Female Tall gene skipped a generation.