Their greater leadership potential may have something to do with the fact that tall men have higher self-esteem (whether or not deserved), are happier, and less likely to feel jealous toward other men.
Third, and most importantly from a scientific perspective, we simply don’t have the experimental cause-and-effect data to back up the idea that social attitudes and not the caveman explanation are behind any particular set of mating advantages being conferred to taller men.
The tall man=power equation may simply be part of the male-female power differential.
As a woman who stands at 5’10”, I didn’t necessarily pass these guys off based on their height alone. I feel for short guys, since height is a factor that we, as humans, have no control over. Sure, it might be nice to envision a tall giant wrapping us up in a warm embrace, but so many short guys have such amazing personalities (and give great hugs) that it’s worth it to ditch our fantasies and give them a chance.
I passed them up based on my insecurity about height in a relationship. While I had no problem dating shorter guys I already knew, I wish that back then, I wasn’t so nervous about taking a chance on a virtual stranger that probably would have been a lot of fun to get to know.
In the beast-eats-man world of primitive civilizations, this argument might have a rationale.
However, unless taller equals stronger, faster, and smarter even in this scenario, height wouldn’t seem to offer any particularly unique advantage.It’s a shame that height might have drawn me away from, at the very least, a few amazing new friendships.Just like we don’t want men to weed us out based on weight or how our bodies look, we shouldn’t ditch the idea of being romantically involved with a guy who wasn’t built to be a NBA player. If he makes you laugh, height is not important whatsoever.The rest of the questions, simply enough, asked them to report on their relationship status, the height of their partner, the satisfaction with their own height, and their satisfaction with the height of their partners.The results on partner preferences are a bit discouraging if you’re a short man.Men were most satisfied with women shorter than their male partners (about 8 in.).