Guys dating girls taller than them
Tall women were more satisfied with their height than short women were.
This could be because of the tall man’s preference for slightly less tall women, as the authors conclude.
When it comes to romantic partners, men and women tend to sort themselves out so that they form pairs of similar height.
However, among married couples, women are more likely to be shorter than their husbands, if only by a few inches.
Napoleon aside, tall men are more likely to win the popular contest in presidential votes and to be re-elected once in office (Stulp, 2013).
Their greater leadership potential may have something to do with the fact that tall men have higher self-esteem (whether or not deserved), are happier, and less likely to feel jealous toward other men.
However, unless taller equals stronger, faster, and smarter even in this scenario, height wouldn’t seem to offer any particularly unique advantage.
You can probably come up with your own counter-arguments to the evolutionary interpretation on your own. First, taller men may only stronger because we conflate height with weight and strength.
Third, and most importantly from a scientific perspective, we simply don’t have the experimental cause-and-effect data to back up the idea that social attitudes and not the caveman explanation are behind any particular set of mating advantages being conferred to taller men.
The tall man=power equation may simply be part of the male-female power differential.
Men are taller because of hormonal influences, to be sure.
Their reasons for changing their children’s heights probably vary all over the place, but a main motivation, we might imagine, is to help their children fit in better among their peers and, ultimately, have better luck in the dating and mating department.
Such treatments can involve considerable risk, expense, and subsequent resentment from their height-manipulated offspring.