Now that wasn’t always the case; when we were cave-dwellers, small was neither beautiful nor useful. As such, being big and tall is no longer advantageous and being short is no longer an impediment.◊♦◊I can already hear some women crying in unison, When I get into this discussion with women, they inevitably mention the possibility of a bear attack. Not sure why a bear attack is so often cited (the average number of deaths by bear attack in the US is three per year), but let’s just say you were attacked by a bear. And if we’re going to go down that route, would you not date a man who was tall but missing an arm because he cannot save you from a non-existent bear attack?
In fact, short was practically a death sentence whereas height and brawn were the keys to survival because it meant your family and you would be protected if an intruder invaded your cave; it also meant he would feed the family by outrunning and overpowering a wild animal. Height (or two functioning arms) won’t help you from a bear attack.
If you’re not 6 feet tall or taller, then you may as well just resign yourself to a sexless life of Napoleon jokes.
Of course, short is relative; what we consider “average” height varies depending on geographic locale and someone who’s 5’6″ would consider someone who’s 5’9″ (the average for American men) to be lucky.
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Some of them can be cute but they’re less dateable than their more physically gifted counterparts. Being 6ft doesn’t automatically make you sexy and, in fact, short men have the edge over their gangly giant counterparts in many ways. They’re perfect kissing height Anyone who’s tried to cop off with a really tall man knows about neck crooks and the slightly wrong ‘little girl’ feeling of having to stand on your tip toes to get anywhere.
His mate, for instance, once came onto me by highlighting my boyfriend’s height and talking about how he himself would go to the gym all the time and happened to be 6ft. I think the phrase, ‘You’re a c**t’ was also used, by me.
‘It’s just weird.’ Of course, that meant within a couple of years I was going out with a guy who was significantly shorter than me (six inches when I’m in heels, to be exact). While surveys like this are as bullshit as relationship dealbreakers – my boyfriend is crap at most domestic activities, and who knows if he’ll divorce loads or not – I’m glad that science has stopped crapping on short dudes. What do you mean, short guys can actually make good boyfriends? Afterwards, when he came off stage and nipped outside for a cigarette, my mate said, ‘Awww, he’s so small! I’d forgotten up until then, because, as you’d expect, the height difference doesn’t really make any real difference at all. The questions are usually along the lines of, ‘What does it feel like?
’ (The same as if he were taller.) ‘Do you wear heels? ’ (No.) ‘God, I couldn’t do that.’ (Is that a question?
), but back to the point: this warped attitude that tall guys = protective is a bizarre one. And secondly, my 5ft 7in (ish) boyfriend is way better at batting off creepy guys in clubs than my 6ft something ex was (despite the fact that I’m perfectly capable of sticking up for myself, obvs).
When we went out last time, guys who tried to dance with me were met with my boyfriend trying to kiss them on the mouth.