You used to love being a tall, sexy woman, but now it just feels like a problem over which you have zero control.
Your internalization of the patriarchy makes you question why you're dating him. You feel insecure about it, and that makes you feel like a huge dick.
If we conceptualize the dynamic along a continuum of developmental stages, it’s as if women see short men as awkward teens stunted in time, desperate at a school dance and relegated to the side wall.
In short, it seems that somehow short men aren’t perceived as men.
Hey, Napoleon was only 5′ 7” and he conquered almost all of Europe. By the way, I’m really 5’5”…Here are 20 problems every short guy has had to deal with: Tyler Gildin is the Director of Video at Elite Daily.
Okay, fine I’m 5’7” — 5’6”, but who’s counting, right?From dealing with your friends making fun of you, to trying to get with taller women, to struggling not to get picked last every time in pick-up basketball — being a little guy comes with a lot of large problems.But what better way to deal with the big/little issue than to laugh about it?I know many an otherwise open-minded woman who swears that she would never date someone shorter than she is, and I used to count myself among them. According to the CDC, the average height difference between men and women is 5.5 inches (coincidentally — or maybe not — that’s about the same length as the average erect penis. And both men and women feel pressure to adhere to height norms: One 2008 study of college students found that about 50 percent of guys wanted their partners to be shorter than them, while 90 percent of women wanted their partners to be taller than them.I clock in at 5-foot-10, a good 6 inches taller than the average American woman, and had never considered dating a guy shorter than me until I ended up falling for one — and I’m happy I did. I’m here to tell you that this requirement is overrated. Guys who are comfortable with you being taller are likely comfortable with your ambition, intellect, and talent too.I even wondered with some concern whether I weighed more than he did, again, not because I felt like I needed to lose weight, but because I had absorbed the cultural script that says that women should be daintier than guys.But it’s not the Upper Paleolithic, and I don’t need anyone to defend me from a saber-toothed cat; it’s 2016, and we know that femininity is a social construct.Author and cultural commentator Bel Hooks refers to this fallacious, pumped up version of the real man as the kind of man who can "take action and break the rules." What characteristics do women find attractive in men?The literature has widely established that women prefer tall men to short men. We love them, we hate them, and sometimes we date them. But even me — a gal of 5 feet and 4 inches — has problems. When you're out in public and people look at you, you wonder if they’re thinking that you’re a girl with a short boyfriend. A girl who is 5'9″ is obviously going to think most guys are pretty f*cking short. Once you're towering over him, he's ready for you to get back down to his level.When he isn't writing, producing, or directing ED videos, he's performing stand up comedy and playing with his dog.Tyler Gildin is the Director of Video at Elite Daily.When I say “short,” I'm talking like 5'7″ and under. He may have a beautiful face, killer abs and a stellar personality, but all you or anyone else can seem to focus on is that your boo is a tiny little munchkin.