Exploiting the Mismatch

20 Jul

Recently, I went on two first dates in 48 hours. There is nothing amazing about this feat. If anything, it highlights the futility of my recent dating marathon. The apposition of these two events are only notable because the girls in question were the shortest and tallest girls I’d ever gone out with, respectively. Saturday night was 4’10”, a cute-as-a-button apathetically Jewish chick from Long Island. The other was at least 6’ tall, a pretty Southern belle from North Carolina who shares a lot of my interests. (In case you’re wondering how this came to pass, the site where we met doesn’t list height and she had no full-body photos with context scaling [FAIL].)

Both were smart and interesting in their own ways. Yet both somehow didn’t hit the mark for me. As a bitterly lower-average height male, I frequently rant about women who dismiss dudes under 5’10” or so right off the bat. None of their explanations are ever satisfying. Some claim it is because they are tall and like to wear heels without emasculating a man. Others just state it straight up as a preference. So I feel a bit hypocritical rejecting worthy women based on their height.

But truth be told, it is an issue for me and, like Sir Mix-a-Lot, I cannot lie. Less so perhaps with the shorter girl, who presents more of a logistical adjustment (bending way down for a hug, having to contort myself god knows how in the sack, etc.). But with the taller girl, who’s clearly better adjusted than I am in this respect, I just can’t picture her wrapping her arm around my shoulder like a father patting his son on the back after some good “catch” practice, while jerks like me are snickering from behind. I just can’t.

So I beat on, Tweets against the current, in search of the perfect girl in my sweet spot height range (5’1”-5’7”).

3 Responses to “Exploiting the Mismatch”

  1. FumblingTowardsReality July 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    My sweet spot is 5’11” to 6’1″ but I love me some 6’5″! I am 5’4″, so I’ve never been too short or tall for a man.

  2. your editor May 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    no contortions needed. (i’m 5’2, dating a 6’2 man–I know of which I speak). yes, there is bending down for a hug, but once horizontally, height just ceases to matter. trust me.

  3. unsoho May 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I think you answered your own question. why is it an unsatisfying response when a woman gives the same reason, i.e. I don’t like how it feels when a man is shorter than me to your I don’t like how it feels when a woman is taller than me?

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