Two summers ago, one of my best friends from college got married, and I was honored to be chosen as one of her bridesmaids. The wedding ceremony was beautiful, and my friend and her husband enjoyed a happy day in the presence of family and friends.
After the ceremony ended, the wedding photographer began photographing the bride and groom in various poses at the front of the wedding chapel. There was one particular, and rather humorous, pose that stood out to me. My friend, who stands at about six feet tall, stood on the bottom step of the chapel, while her husband, who is about six inches shorter than she, stood on the next step up. The purpose of the picture was to exemplify their height difference in a humorous fashion, as, even when her husband stood one step above my friend, he was still slightly shorter than she.
Of course, I, along with all the family members and friends who observed this photo being taken, laughed when they posed for that picture, but when I thought about it, the fact that a lot of people did find that picture humorous brought up an interesting point about dating in our society: it is rare to see a couple consisting of a taller woman and a shorter man.
When I first pondered this, the fact that I have rarely seen a tall woman dating a shorter man made sense; after all, women are shorter than men by nature, so there is a much greater chance of seeing a woman with a taller man. However, there are also a decent number of tall women who tower over a majority of the male population. While my friend had no problems dating, and eventually marrying, a shorter man, I have also met tall women who were very vocal about not dating a shorter man, even if it greatly reduced their dating pool.
As a short woman, I have never taken much time to think about this, since most of the population stands significantly taller than I do. I have also always believed that two people are compatible by their character and not physical differences. Why is a potential partner’s height a deal breaker for some people? Is it really considered that “socially awkward” to be dating a shorter man if you are a woman?
Would you ever date a shorter man/taller woman? Do you have any “deal breakers” when it comes to dating?