As someone who falls two inches short of the average female height, I never even thought that dating a guy my height was an option worth thinking about. Today, I'm about to celebrate my fifth anniversary with a wonderful dude who is roughly my height, and I would like you to know that height ain't nothing but a number.But if you need more convincing, please read on for 11 reasons to consider letting a short dude into your life/heart/vagina.(And yes, all of the GIFS below feature male celebrities who are 5'8" or shorter. )You'll never again have to engage in that weird orchestrated moment of stretching and bending, where you can't really enjoy the kiss because you're on your tiptoes and your super-tall dude is hunched over at a weird angle, and everyone involved is about to develop a hernia. (I'm not free to release that information, sorry)I am a person with many hobbies and interests, but I will freely admit to you that the majority my life is about how I can't ever reach anything that's located on a top shelf at the grocery store.Plus, the idea that the only way you can feel like a "real woman" in bed is to be smaller than your partner smells like anti-feminist propaganda to me, frankly.Why doesn't everyone just try to be whatever size they actually are, and just bang the hell out of each other that way?Are we saying that we believe that it's sexually ideal that women take up as little space as possible, that we're at our most attractive when we look itty bitty compared to our male partner?
What to do instead: Time is the best measure of knowing when to introduce the children.It has nothing to do with height, unless your main sexual fetish is being carried back and forth across a room, over and over again.Sexiness, virility, and even old-fashioned machismo are not outside the domain of shorter guys.The man is the shorter partner in only four percent of heterosexual pairings. If you ask any height-obsessed woman — or me, a decade ago — they'll probably feed you some line about a tall man making them feel "safe" or "tiny." But let's unpack that for a second.What are we saying when we say we want a big man to make us feel tiny?When you date a guy who's around the same height as you, a kiss can just be a kiss, no step stools or pulley systems required. When I was dating around, I found the idea of dating a super-tall guy who had never had to ask a sales associate to help him get a box of Cap'n Crunch down exotic; but I'm glad that I settled down with someone who gets me on every level — including the level where I'm in a constant state of rage about how all jeans are too long for my legs.I had a long relationship with a dude who was 6'2" — a whole foot taller than me. A recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that guys under 5'9" had sex more often than their taller counterparts. When I met my boyfriend, I assumed that he'd be sensitive about the height thing, and resigned my extensive and expensive heel collection to the back of my closet, switching them out for Converse and flats.I've encountered a lot of women who say that they only want to hook up with taller dudes because they want to feel "tiny" and like they're being "ravished" in bed.To which I can only reply: dude, have you ever actually been ravished?With a short dude, there's no problem — all your parts align, and you're free to get creative, instead of spending all your time just trying to get your genitals on the same visual plane. Short guys know they are short, and very few of them will demand that you make concessions about it (the ones who do are jerks, obvi).Short men live two years longer than tall men, on average — good news for any of my fellow morbid straight women who spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if they or their partner will die first.