Dating a taller woman
To back this idea up, women who have more ‘traditional’ views on their role in society have been shown to be less inclined to date shorter men (Salska, et al., 2008) What else plays a part in height preference? If the female preference for taller men is so strong, then we’d all be dating basketball players and Peter Crouch (! This isn’t just a coincidence, nor it is it as simple as taller is better, although research does show some preference for taller men. What’s interesting is how women use height, just as they might use hair colour, in gauging their attraction to a potential mate. It might seem like a no brainer that most women will end up with a partner taller than themselves, as men are on average the taller sex. But, in a 1980 study (Gillis & Avis) of 720 couples, only one couple had a taller woman and shorter man. This much smaller percentage than expected by chance suggests there is a selective preference for taller men. Height isn’t everything, by a long chalk – especially when we’re talking about long term relationships. According to a study by Braun & Bryan in 2006, women value intelligence, personality and career over physical appearance when looking for a serious relationship. Female waist-to-hip and male waist-to-shoulder ratios as determinants of romantic desirability. The evolution of human intrasexual competition: Tactics of mate attraction. Variable preferences for sexual dimorphism in stature (SDS): Further evidence for an adjustment in relation to own height.
It’s true that no study can ever pin point what every individual woman wants from a partner, but these deep rooted desires are a good (and reassuring) starting point.
when they’re at their most fertile (Pawlowski & Jaseinska, 2005) – these women are looking to pass good genes onto their potential offspring, without considering factors needed in a mate for a long-term relationship. If you’re a shorter gentleman you might be reading this with a heavy heart.
But remember that in choosing a partner based on their height, a woman’s own height, dating pool and relationship expectations come into consideration.
Additionally tallness is seen as showing masculinity: • Taller men are seen as more dominant and assertive (Melamed, 1992) • Evolutionarily, larger men may have been seen as more able to provide, and as passing on strong genes to their children • Following on from this, taller men have been found to have one more biological child than shorter men (Pawlowski, Dunbar, & Lipowicz, 2000) The way that tallness is rewarded by society in general goes some way to explaining why some women prefer tall men, as they may be perceived as more powerful and even more attractive. Personality and Individual Differences, 13, 1349-1350.
Women may also feel protected and more feminine by a partner taller than themselves.
Look at couples in the street – usually the man is taller than the woman.