Height Matters to Women When Choosing a Male Partner

///Height Matters to Women When Choosing a Male Partner
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Women prefer taller men, as illustrated by petite 5ft 1in actress Hayden Panettiere who is engaged to 6ft 6in boxer Wladimir Klitschko

American researchers at Rice University and the University of North Texas found that the height of the partner is more important for women than for men. To find this out, a survey with the participation of 455 men and 470 women was conducted.

It turned out that since time immemorial nothing has changed: many women still dream about a partner who would be taller than their height. Such a wish was expressed almost by the half of the participants.

Why do women want a tall partner? As confirmed by the research, for aesthetics. For example, some women reported that they do not like the “look down into the eyes of a man”, others complained that dating a short man they can’t wear high heels.

In addition it was found out that a tall man is a symbol of protection for a woman and that is why ladies want to have such kind of men near them.

But men, as the survey found, were quite indifferent to the height of their female partner. Only 13.5 % of men wished to see a shorter woman next to them.

And yet, according to the researchers, couples where the man is taller than the woman are characterized by stereotypical gender roles, that is, when the man dominates and protects, and the woman submits and gives tenderness.

Not so long ago, American scientists found what height is ideal for both sexes and allows them to establish a serious relationship and family. A survey was conducted with the participation of 50 thousand people. It turned out that, according to women, a man should be about 20 cm taller than their own height, while men like to see a lady 8-10 cm shorter than they are. On the basis of this, the scientists calculated the average of the “ideal” height: for women it is 173 cm, and for men – 188 cm.

It is noteworthy that the experts also found a link between the height and the sense of happiness of the person. It turned out that men and women, whose height is above average (women – above 162.6 cm, men – above 177.8 cm), feel more lucky and happy compared to those below this height.

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By | 2017-01-13T21:52:44+00:00 February 15th, 2014|Categories: Psychology & Mental Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , |1 Comment

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  1. tmraywood February 25, 2014 at 2:05 am - Reply

    So severely limited is the scope of this poll that it should not be granted any sort of definitive edge. It queried less than a thousand individuals total. But as with all sample-based statistical analysis, its conclusions follow first from dismissing outliers and then ultimately honing in on whatever trend defines the bell of the curve. So really we’re dealing with only the opinions of a few hundred males and a few hundred females, probably all residents of the same state, mostly young, and mostly white. With such a small representative sample the pollsters cannot possibly have attempted to reach across all relevant lines, i.e. age, race/ethnicity, location, socioeconomic status, religious and/or political affiliation, level of education, etc. In short, the conclusions appear to offer up nothing which cannot be accounted for in alternate ways. On average, at least region by region, men are taller than women. Women choose taller men because that’s what’s available, region by region. And yes, the qualifier matters. Even in a global society women on average still tend to choose life partners whose language and other cultural linchpins match their own. At least for now this continues to greatly limit the gene pool and, in so doing, generally ensures of husbands larger in stature than their wives. So the question of “why” women prefer taller men finds that its answer rises mostly from common sense.

    From here, unfortunately, your piece takes something of a precipitous dive. The article to which you link the word ‘found’ states as follows: “among men individuals of average height enjoy the highest reproductive success, while shorter women have the highest reproductive success”. And this runs very much counter to the claims you stake, mostly because there’s no connection between the first and second sentence of that paragraph. The second sentence, much less the third and fourth, cannot possibly mesh with the first one because, as above, it entertains entirely contrary ideas. You can’t say science identifies the “ideal” couple as a tall man and slightly less tall woman when, in fact, the science of your first sentence claims what it does to the contrary. (Though you do not specifically use the word ‘tall’, the numbers you cite here as well as those of your final paragraph tied to the word ‘average’ suffice to make that the meaning.) Certainly you may state what you mean by ideal. But on its face it is highly misleading to affix the second series of claims to the first one as though they’re in any way the same claim or, at minimum, as though they’re in any way supportive of each other’s conclusions. Too, additional links would have been welcome.

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