Dating girls who are taller
And, much to the dismay of those holding feminist ideals, it seems that women want a man who towers over them because it conforms to gender stereotypes and makes them feel protected, secure, feminine and delicate.
Using data collected from online dating advertisements and experimental research, the study, conducted by Rice University and the University of North Texas found that women are far more concern with dating a man who is taller than they are than men are with dating a shorter woman. personal dating advertisements found that 13.5 per cent of the men wanted to date only women shorter than they are.
There is also something to be said about being able to wear shoes with high heels and still being shorter.
I also want to be able to hug him with my arms reaching up and around his neck,’ said a woman in the study who is 5ft 3in tall.
'It just shows that men too are keen to date someone shorter than them - not even the same height - and that the pool of men available who are of a certain height is actually quite small. It makes internet dating quite demoralising, not to mention difficult.' Jenny, 34'Tall girls struggle in real life just as much as short guys do.
I am a shade over 5ft 11in and when I walk into a bar I look around and can instantly dismiss all but about three or four guys.
They told me that while they never requested or expected any information about a girl’s physical appearance upfront, they felt they had to volunteer their height to be in with a chance.
‘Shorter guys I spoke to about it said they felt they were dismissed out of hand online for being under 6ft, whereas if they’d met a girl in real life they’d have had a chance to win her over.
However, there are going to be some naysayers out there.
‘And in a society that encourages men to be dominant and women to be submissive, having the image of tall men hovering over short women reinforces this value.’'Around 80 – 90 per cent of men list their height, on an app where no personal information like that is requested. And many had written things like, “6ft 1in, if that matters”, or “don’t worry girls, I’m 6ft 3in”.'I was curious why so many men were keen to get their height across in their profiles – it seemed a little cheesy, especially coming from the sort of men who seemed otherwise quite low-key, and they often seemed to offer it in a sort of resigned way, so I asked a few of the men I was messaging why they did it.
‘They told me that it was a reaction to the remarks what they described as 'the majority' of girls made on their profiles – “must be over 6ft”, or “I like wearing heels so you’d better be tall”.
If we are talking numbers, the average man stands at 5 foot 10, towering over the average woman at 5 foot 5.
And the younger generation is getting taller and taller, with 6 foot now being the cited average height for young men, and 5 foot 7 the average height for young women. Well it wasn’t too long ago that 5 foot 8 was the national average for a man in the UK. There are fair intentions that we should live happy lives irrespective of our individual beliefs and physical nature – you don’t necessarily have to agree with your neighbour, but the honourable thing is to agree to get along. Part of this is that there are rules in place that indirectly stop bigger people trampling over the smaller – bullying and violence are not tolerated.
He noted that it is a widespread perception that tall stature is a personal asset for men and a personal liability for women.