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.
In a 2001 study in , researchers examined 547 personal ads, and classified them in terms of the writer's preference for a thin partner, a physically fit partner, or no weight preference.
They then mailed a figure rating scale to the ad writers and asked them to specify both ideal body size and acceptable body sizes for partners.
I love the look people give you when you walk into the room with a really beautiful 6-foot-6 girl," Maestas said, though he admitted, "It gets a little awkward when it comes to kissing, especially when you're at a formal event and she is wearing heels." Nearly half of men in the study indicated that their tallest acceptable date could be taller than them or their height (24 and 23 percent, respectively), while 53 percent required their date to be shorter than them.
But a whopping 89 percent of women said the shortest person they would date would still have to be taller than them.
"Women's cultural vision is being feminine, having a man big enough to make her feel protected.
Many women hold this stereotype to a point where it excludes a lot of people they might be interested in otherwise," said Dr.
"For men, I think the cultural vision of a tall woman is a beautiful woman.
While a lot of men don't want someone taller, they like the idea of a tall woman." Joey Maestas, 23, a digital journalist at , is 6-foot-1.
Some relationship trends are showing a reversal of traditional gender roles, like the rise in breadwinning mothers and stay-at-home fathers, according to a study in the journal .