Recently Allan Mott wrote about the difficulties of being short. Readers - including one taller woman - then replied with some of their own experiences, good and bad. Sweden is famous for being a country of tall blond men. But I never felt that I stand out too much. I have always been friends with very tall people - most of my male friends are between cm and cm 5ft 11in and 6ft 3in - and that has made me feel comfortable around tall people.
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I think it's safe to say that most girls' dream guy is someone taller than them. Our society has idealized the "perfect couple" as a short girl and a tall guy. It often makes couples who don't fit this standard feel their relationship is inadequate or unacceptable, but this certainly isn't the case. Just like any other physical feature, height shouldn't determine who we decide to date or become friends with.
It's no secret that people are often drawn to certain physical characteristics when it comes to seeking out a partner. But then again, it's also no secret that any man who stipulated he was seeking a size 2, minimum 34D on his profile would end up with a steady diet of swipes left, or possibly even hate mail. The number of ladies on dating sites listing a minimum height requirement for potential matches is stunning. But you only have to skim through a few women's online dating profiles to discover height is regularly listed as a qualifier -- sometimes, as the only qualifier, even for women of average height.
It's hard to ignore something as obvious as height, especially if it makes a person stand out. While some people find that their height doesn't impact dating at all, others may feel that it allows for judgment, fetishization, and stereotyping. In a society where there are ideals of femininity and masculinity, it can be difficult for individuals who don't fit neatly into those boxes. Plus, navigating the world of dating is already a mess, so being on an extreme end of any physical spectrum doesn't exactly make it any easier.