After all: most things in your dating life can be worked on and improved upon, but the cold hard truth is that some aspects are set in stone. and there are few other aspects that cause men as much dating agita as being short.If you’re not 6 feet tall or taller, then you may as well just resign yourself to a sexless life of Napoleon jokes.Sometimes, it's a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Stranger.Tall, Dark, and Handsome Stranger was a pulp fiction trope, particularly in mystery novels. This then led to a Tall, Dark, and Handsome casting trope for leading men: Clark Gable, etc.See Aloof Dark-Haired Girl for the Distaff Counterpart and Tall, Dark, and Snarky when combined with Deadpan Snarker or Gentleman Snarker.Short men are screwed when it comes to dating, right?I have heard many a tall ladyfriend say that she doesn’t like feeling “big” around a man she’s dating.I get hit on plenty by shorter guys, so I never thought about whether men are intimidated by my size.
And I haven’t even gotten into gay and lesbian height preferences. Various studies say women in general prefer tall guys, and attribute it to evolutionary preference for big, healthy, protective mates. I don’t believe in any of that patriarchal “he-man” protector crap. I certainly don’t need some six-foot muscular hunk to protect me from bears.A big part of my height preference is, of course, what I’ve unconsciously absorbed from society.I grew up with the standard Disney princess model of relationships. Hetero couples where the man is shorter often get mocked.I’m ashamed that the thought “If I marry a short guy, I can’t wear heels on my wedding day” has actually gone through my mind. Part of it is that I’m a tall, broad-shouldered person.