Attention ladies! There is a fully untapped resource in the dating market full of amazing guys! You just might have to look a little lower than you originally planned.
That's right, I'm talking about short guys.
Since moving to Utah, I have been amazed at how many attractive, funny, ambitious, spiritual guys I have met. To so many girls, they are un-dateable because they are under 5'10. And yes guys, most women consider anything under that height to be "short".
Here in the land of plenty, tall girls abound. I'm not exactly short at 5'8, and there are tons of girls that are taller than me, some even over 6 foot! They are also crazy beautiful.
Now in our fantasies about the man we marry, he will be taller than us. Tall enough that we can wear heels and he is still taller. This I have found is the equivalent to men wanting a woman with long hair, big boobs and a small waist.
Does this mean that the perfect person for them will have those features? No, no it does not! But it's so easy for us to pass by an amazing person because they don't meet an unrealistic expectation.
I can understand where women are coming from. Especially when you are already tall, it's sexy to be with a man who makes you feel tiny and feminine. I dated a guy who was 6'5 and I absolutely loved when he would wrap me in his arms and make me feel so safe. He was also a complete jerk. Not exactly worth it.
A perfect example is my dear friend Hilary. Hilary is 5'11. In the past, she had said she wouldn't even consider dating a guy unless he was at least 6 feet tall. Then she met Dan.
Dan is 5'8. A full 3 inches shorter than she is.
Dan is also intelligent, hard working, funny, kind, loyal and just about every amazing quality you could want. Oh, and super handsome, don't worry Hil, I'm not trying to hit on your man ;)
They were good friends for about a year before he admitted he had feelings for her. She decided to give it a shot. They have now been married for a little over a month!
I asked Hilary what changed her mind about dating a guy who was shorter than her and she said
"I got to the point in my life where the other stuff like drive and niceness were higher on the list than height".
If a guy truly cares about you, the height difference won't bother him either. She said "He doesn't care. I have even asked him and he has no concern about it, which makes me totally comfortable too. He is manly. He doesn't have to be taller than me to be a manly man that can protect me."
They absolutely adore each other and he treats her like gold. Isn't that what we are all looking for?
There is only one piece of advice I have for the guys. I used to date a guy who was about 4 inches shorter than me. It never bothered me, until he went to hug me goodnight. Instead of putting his arms around my waist, he would put them around my neck. It totally made me feel like the guy and I hated it. Guys, don't do that.
So I ask you tall ladies, give the short guys a chance!
And like my dear aunt says, go ahead and date the shorter guy, because it doesn't matter when you're laying down ;)