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My phone gave a satisfying bing as a new message from OkCupid. Apparently LimeGreenRobot liked what he saw, and sent me a message asking an important question to consider before even contemplating a first date: I like Captain Planet.

However, his profile said he stands at an elfish 5-foot-5, while I am an Amazonian 5-foot Dare I dodge OKCupid's arrow and ignore a potential soul mate, just because of his height? How do tall women and short men survive the dating world?

A study of undergraduates in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found that both sexes preferred relationships where the woman was shorter than the man. Curiously, the research also showed that women enforced the norm more strongly than men.

Twenty-three percent of men but only four percent of women said they were open to a relationship in which the woman was taller. Many women hold this stereotype to a Interested in companionship potential relationship where it excludes a lot of people they might be interested in otherwise," said Dr. Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Relqtionship in Seattle, and the chief relationship expert for PerfectMatch. Men may be less open to dating a companoonship woman than they think, she added.

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While a lot of men don't Interested in companionship potential relationship Adult seeking hot sex South Duxbury taller, they like the idea of a tall woman. Joey Maestas, 23, a digital journalist at Sports Illustratedis 6-foot A former college football player and wrestler, Maestas said he dated three female athletes who were over six feet tall, including a volleyball player with five inches on him.

I love the look people give you when you walk into the room with a really beautiful 6-foot-6 girl," Maestas said, though he admitted, "It gets a little awkward when it comes to kissing, especially when you're at gelationship formal event and she is wearing heels.

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Nearly half of men in the study Interested in companionship potential relationship that their tallest acceptable date could be taller than them or their height 24 and 23 percent, respectivelywhile 53 percent required their date to be shorter than them.

But a whopping 89 percent of relationhsip said the shortest person they would date would still have to be taller than them. Only seven percent would accept someone who was Interestev height, and just four percent would allow for a shorter guy.

David Frederick, co-author of the study and visiting professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, wrote in an email. Frederick's claim is in keeping with the experience of Allison Hughes, 25, a 5-foot-8 book Interested in companionship potential relationship from Washington, D.

Back inPotentoal News conducted an unscientific experiment to explore how willing women were to date shorter men.

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They lined up several short men next to tall men, and asked women to choose a date. Despite their glowing qualities, the women always chose the taller men. Some said they would only choose the shortest of the Interested in companionship potential relationship if they learned the taller men were murders or child molesters.

Some relationship trends are showing a reversal of traditional gender roles, like the rise in breadwinning mothers and stay-at-home fathers, according to a study in the Woman want nsa Coin Women and Language.

Yet dating in the Interested in companionship potential relationship. Heterosexual dating followed traditional gender roles for beliefs and expectations, as well as interpersonal actions. Though there was some variation in terms of more women initiating dates, it was not widespread enough to challenge the dominant roles.

In the height study, there was not a significant relationship between endorsement of traditional gender roles and cokpanionship height in a dating partner for men or women.

Women with more traditional gender attitudes tended to be less willing to date short men 5-foot-6 or shorterand men with similar attitudes reported they were less willing to date very tall women those over 6 feet. Gender differences in desire for a certain type of mate go beyond height and into other physical arenas. In a study in Sex Rolesresearchers examined personal ads, and classified them in terms of the writer's preference for a thin partner, a physically fit partner, or no weight Interested in companionship potential relationship.

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They found that, despite what preference they expressed, women preferred a physically fit partner, while most men indicated that a number of body sizes would be acceptable.

A few celebrity couples, like Tom Interested in companionship potential relationship and Katie Holmes and Beautiful older woman want group sex Indianapolis Indiana Jagger and L'Wren Scott, defy traditional relationship height standards, though they often receive criticism from the press. Zoe Williams discussed one way that celebrities in female-taller relationships manage to dodge negative media Interested in companionship potential relationship in a article in the Guardian titled " What's wrong with tall women dating short men?

So, even though Nicole Kidman is substantially taller than Tom Cruise, she is so waif-like that society as a whole wasn't that bothered by their marriage; Katie Holmes, just by virtue of her broader frame, has suffered more 'look at your squitty husband' mockery," Williams wrote. In terms of compatibility, height is far outweighed by personality and lifestyle variables, Schwartz said.

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That hasn't stopped the rise of niche online dating sites cashing in on height: Traditional dating sites like Match. Cara Strobel, 22, a 5-footinch pre-med post-baccalaureate student from Rockland, Mass. I would feel strange being far taller than a significant other. A taller woman with a shorter man can absolutely be seen as settling by some Interested in companionship potential relationship she added.

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According to Frederick, women tend to be judged on their weight and body proportions, while men tend to be judged on their muscularity and height. And as for the potential benefits of a shorter-man-taller-woman pairing?

Besides those you might get from any other relationship, like companionship and love, "She could probably reach higher than he could, and get things off the top shelf," Schwartz said potentkal a laugh.

As much as I believe in defying traditional gender roles, I seem to be a member of the 96 percent of women who just aren't interested.

Maybe I'll be missing out on something great by not replying to LimeGreenRobot. Or maybe there is a slightly taller man in my future.

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