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David Frederick, co-author of the study and visiting professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, wrote in an email.
"For some women, being with a taller partner makes them feel smaller, and it is not surprising that some women prefer this given the pressure on women to be slender." Evolutionarily speaking, women may have developed a preference for taller men because of the advantages height provides in male on male competitions, he added.
Curiously, the research also showed that women enforced the norm more strongly than men.
Twenty-three percent of men but only four percent of women said they were open to a relationship in which the woman was taller.
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However, his profile said he stands at an elfish 5-foot-5, while I am an Amazonian 5-foot-10. Dare I dodge OKCupid's arrow and ignore a potential soul mate, just because of his height?
Women with more traditional gender attitudes tended to be less willing to date short men (5-foot-6 or shorter), and men with similar attitudes reported they were less willing to date very tall women (those over 6 feet).
Gender differences in desire for a certain type of mate go beyond height and into other physical arenas.
In the height study, there was not a significant relationship between endorsement of traditional gender roles and ideal height in a dating partner for men or women.They lined up several short men next to tall men, and asked women to choose a date.They gave the short men exceptional résumés, including those for a doctor and millionaire venture capitalist."Women's cultural vision is being feminine, having a man big enough to make her feel protected.