Short men are the best.
Now that wasn’t always the case; when we were cave-dwellers, small was neither beautiful nor useful. In fact, short was practically a death sentence whereas height and brawn were the keys to survival because it meant your family and you would be protected if an intruder invaded your cave; it also meant he would feed the family by outrunning and overpowering a wild animal.
But guess what? A lot has changed over the past 5,000 years.
Today, we are civilized (to a certain degree). We don’t live in caves; we buy our meat at the supermarket ready to eat and don’t use brute force to protect ourselves because we’ve got locks on our doors, home security systems and CCTV.
As such, being big and tall is no longer advantageous and being short is no longer an impediment.
I can already hear some women crying in unison, “I want him to protect me!”
When I get into this discussion with women, they inevitably mention the possibility of a bear attack. A bear attack?! Not sure why a bear attack is so often cited (the average number of deaths by bear attack in the US is three per year), but let’s just say you were attacked by a bear. His height wouldn’t protect you anyway.
And if we’re going to go down that route, would you not date a man who was tall but missing an arm because he cannot save you from a non-existent bear attack?
Height (or two functioning arms) won’t help you from a bear attack. However, having the capacity to out-think, out-perform and/or out-spend whatever adverse force that’s affecting you and your loved ones will. None of which have anything to do with a guy’s height.
Some women may say, “I want to feel feminine.”
Honey, a short guy can make you feel like the sexiest woman on the planet just as much as a tall man. In fact, the short man will do a better job by trying harder because he knows women crave to feel feminine and he cannot depend on the usual suspects (e.g. height); so he will be more thoughtful and creative in making sure you feel like the goddess you are.
Short men will always try harder because they know they’re not supposed to get the tall women. They know it’s a tall order (pun intended) but they’re up for the challenge.
Now you may be thinking, “It’s just wrong.”
No, it’s not. And if you’ve accepted that a woman can make more money than her partner or a dad can stay home and take care of baby while the mom brings home the bacon, or it’s OK for men to cry, then you must reconcile with the fact that it’s fine for the man to be shorter than the woman.
Short men are also the best men because there’s more of them. If you are only open to dating tall men (e.g. six feet or taller), you have reduced the pool of eligible men (in the US) by 80%. Eighty! Even if you were the most desirable woman in the world, by reducing your pool to 20% you are really messing up your chances of finding someone compatible.
Some of you may be thinking, “But I don’t want a guy with a Napoleonic complex!”
True, no one does! But if the guy is comfortable in his own skin – and he will be if he’s flirting with a taller woman—you won’t have to worry about that.
Instead, why not worry about all the super tall dudes and the super hot dudes who never had to be nice to women because they attract them easily due to their height and/or good looks?
Women (and men) can come up with a million objections to the idea that women should date short men but my advice to the women reading this is don’t overlook them (yes, pun intended), and for you amazing short men out there—keep your head high and aim higher (another pun, sorry).
Take it from me: I know what I’m talking about—I’m tall! It’s definitely going to be awkward at the beginning. You’re going to hunch and stoop in the hope that you can level yourselves. But you’ll get over it—especially if he’s confident and man enough to know that height shouldn’t be a barrier to love; it would be a pity to let it get in the way of something beautiful from growing.
First published in Maitre D’ate