I’ve lost count of the number of female friends who have stroppily flung their phones down on pub tables, wailing “I hate online dating, I hate it! ” when, after a little probing, it becomes clear that the "someone" they’re searching for needs to be 5”10, minimum.
Theme parks have less stringent height requirements than some of the single women I know. When I went on my very first date with the man who is now my boyfriend, I remember being a little taken aback by the fact that, in my modest two and a half inch heels, I could see clearly over the top of his head.
It hasn't been a good week for gentlemen of small stature.
After all, everyone is the same height when they’re on a bar stool, and I’d not met many other men, tall or short, in whom I found a mutual unfettered enthusiasm for The Simpsons, crunchy peanut butter and the Ludacris song Area Codes.
And after many more meetings, when we both felt confident enough about our future to discuss our respective pasts, we compared notes on dating.
It’s a damaging double standard, and one that women need to address if they’re looking for love, otherwise they might find themselves staying single for a long time.
It’s no wonder that some shorter men might seem defensive about their size when the world is so keen to tell them it wishes they were a little bit taller.
I’d amassed a collection of subconscious prejudices connected with height. Would he be less confident, less at ease with himself and less successful than a man who stood up at six foot?
Looking back, I think my problems were mainly to do with my own insecurities.
Surely you’ve got to be horribly shallow and creepy if you’re basing your requirements for long term happiness on cup size?
But it seems far more common, and far more acceptable for women to rule out romantic suitors because they don’t measure up in feet and inches.
Also, the best part about wearing heels is that you will feel like runway model while standing next to him. It is easier to get intimate with him If you’ve had a tall boyfriend in the past, you will know how it can be awkward and uncomfortable to have spontaneous make-out sessions.