Men dating attractive women
If you look at the couples around you, you find that most men are taller than their women.
It is also noted that height is a “masculine” characteristic.Also as you might expect, height and physical traits are not enough to explain what women want, especially when looking for long-term romantic relationships. More than physical appearance, which plays mostly in short-term relationships, women value personality, intelligence, and career choice (Braun & Bryan, 2006). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 396-401. Height isn’t everything In general women are attracted to taller men, a preference which may be explained by evolutionary hard wiring or by societal expectations. But when choosing a man to be with, this preference is moderated by your own height, potential dating options, and relationship expectations. In addition, if height signals physical dominance, it is likely that taller men make women feel smaller, protected, and perhaps more “feminine” as well.
In line with this idea, research has found that women with more “traditional” gender role expectations were less willing to date shorter men (Salska, et al., 2008).
Researchers suggest this happens to optimize our potential dating pool (Salska, et al., 2008).
If we all only dated men who were 6’4” or taller, there would be so many people who were dateless, and competition for these tall men would be tough.
Instead of choosing the tallest of the bunch, many women use a step criteria, requiring that the men they are with are at least taller than they are (Hensley, 1994). Women’s preferences for sexual dimorphism in height depend on menstrual cycle phase and expected duration of relationship.
Women do not have a exact height preference, but rather seem to be open to a variety of heights, so long as the man is taller than her.
In line with this idea that height is an indicator of good evolutionary success, researchers found that taller men were more likely to have at least one biological child compared to shorter men (Pawlowski, Dunbar, & Lipowicz, 2000).