But hey, that’s cold comfort when women are putting “six feet tall, minimum” in their dating profiles and your friends all call you “Short Round”.
The thing is, as with many other masculine insecurities, this is predominantly in our heads. Worse, I’m the shortest of all my friends who range from 5’1o” on the short side, to 6’7″ on the tall side.
Yes men, the few exceptions women were willing to concede were 1) wealth, b) fame, c) looks and then finally d) personality.
Because I am a naturally inquisitive person, I like to informally poll people all the time, and for the last couple of weeks I have been asking many women about whether or not they see themselves dating a SHORT man, and the overwhelming majority said .
But that’s not what was shocking or surprising to me because I have been pretty cognizant of that fact all my life, but the truly HARSH part of the poll is that there is little to NO reconciliatory efforts the short man can make to get BACK in the good, potential-nani-smashing graces of said woman.
According to Alan Au, client relations manager at the clothing boutique “Jimmy Au’s For Men 5’8″ and Under” in Beverly Hills, the “mate retention behaviors” of short men are precisely why you should date them.
As part of a case for dating short guys, he says, “Considering lifelong companionship, shorter guys may be the better choice.
If you’re not 6 feet tall or taller, then you may as well just resign yourself to a sexless life of Napoleon jokes.
Of course, short is relative; what we consider “average” height varies depending on geographic locale and someone who’s 5’6″ would consider someone who’s 5’9″ (the average for American men) to be lucky.
He says, “A healthy 160-pound, 5-foot-5 man is going to be a stronger protector than a healthy 160-pound, 5-foot-11 man.
It’s been well documented, pound for pound, shorter men have greater endurance, stronger muscles, faster reaction times, faster body movement and are less likely to break bones.” Plus, he adds, “Shorter men live longer.
I guess the simple answer as to why he won’t call you his girlfriend is because he doesn’t have to.
The reason why an ugly guy can have a hot girlfriend is that women can feel attracted to men for reasons other than looks.
If it holds true that shorter men don’t have as many dating opportunities, if nothing else, I think shorter men would try harder to be funny, caring, empathetic, honest, hardworking — and just be a gentleman.