Nope, I think Charla has achondroplasia, which is the most common (relatively common, that is, it’s still something like 1 in 20,000 births, but next to my less than 1 per 1,000,000 I think that’s pretty common!) form of dwarfism out there. I look different enough that some people don’t realize I actually am one, but LPA’s definition of dwarfism, and I think most docs’ these days, is a person with an adult height of 4’10" (I’d put it at 4’8" or maybe 6", just IMO) or less due to a medical issue that restricts growth.
I’d think any sexual relationship with Shatner’s character would be weird and disturbing, but I haven’t watched the show for a while now, and haven’t seen her so I can’t really say anything about it. (Besides Shatner? Ewww!) I know what you mean, though; in the other thread I noted that actual acting roles are few and far between. The vast majority of us aren’t actors anyway, but those who are often tend to have careers as Ewoks and the like. (I’d still have killed to be in one of the last three SW movies except for the suck factor, though.) I’m permanently mad at Jimmy Kimmel for his usage of midget humor as a big part of his “comedy.” There’s the whole “I have to make a living and it’s my life,” argument, but I do wish there were more actual acting/singing/whatever opportunities for LP entertainers besides the elf suits (Ever notice that you almost never see any LPs in commercials until the Christmas rush starts? I’m sure they make good money, but still) or the mockery (i.e., the late unlamented Man Show). I’ve heard people say that fat people are the only ones that you can make fun of without consequences anymore, but I hate to tell them that they’re wrong. Very wrong. We’re in the same boat. On the other hand, online I knew some people who were quite upset by Mini-Me, but I wasn’t because everybody in those movies was a joke to begin with.
I don’t think Hollywood handles difference well anyway. Stereotypes abound, ethnic or otherwise, and that extends to disabilities and other things.
I do think LP men probably have a somewhat harder time as far as relationships and whatnot go, though I can’t really speak for them. But it’s far more acceptable for women to be small, even really really small, than it is for men. A 5’0" woman? Wow, she’s tiny. A 5’0" man? He gets a lot of crap. I can only imagine it must be harder if you’re 4’0" or thereabouts. But who they end up with depends on the individuals involved, I expect. I know there are LP men married to average women because I’ve seen them, but as far as percentages go I have no clue.