13 People Tell Us How Their Height Affects Dating

“Having an extreme physical characteristic is useful — the way people react to it tells you a lot about them in an instant.”

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Yes, focusing on what's inside is more important — but that's easier said than done. 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.

Kevin is 5’3″, dates men, and finds that opposites attract.

Kevin is 5'3", dates men, and finds that opposites attract.

Kevin: I'm not one to complain about being short, because once you realize you can shop in the children's section and climb on top of things to get to out-of-reach objects, you're pretty much on a level playing field with the rest of the world. But when it comes to dating, it can be tricky. I think a lot of guys fetishize the height gap and say things like, « I'm so into you because you're so short, » or « It's really hot knowing that I could lift you up in bed, » etc.

Or guys can also be completely dismissive once they see me in person and say, « You seem much taller in your photos » or « I didn't realize how short you were until you got off that stool. » I recently had one guy actually look over my head to see if the person he was meeting was someone else besides me. Kind of hilarious.

But of course in a completely contradictory way, I'm usually attracted to men who are much, much taller than I am. So I guess opposites attract, or I just enjoy the awkward interactions/comical antics of doing activities with someone much taller than I?

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