Frederick's claim is in keeping with the experience of Allison Hughes, 25, a 5-foot-8 book publisher from Washington, D.
C., who found that dating shorter guys made her feel less confident.
Only seven percent would accept someone who was their height, and just four percent would allow for a shorter guy.
"Women view taller men as more likely to be physically dominant and potential protectors, which provides a feeling of safety," Dr.
Despite their glowing qualities, the women always chose the taller men.
Some said they would only choose the shortest of the bunch if they learned the taller men were murders or child molesters.
"For men, I think the cultural vision of a tall woman is a beautiful woman.
While a lot of men don't want someone taller, they like the idea of a tall woman." Joey Maestas, 23, a digital journalist at , is 6-foot-1.
They then mailed a figure rating scale to the ad writers and asked them to specify both ideal body size and acceptable body sizes for partners.Some relationship trends are showing a reversal of traditional gender roles, like the rise in breadwinning mothers and stay-at-home fathers, according to a study in the journal .Heterosexual dating followed traditional gender roles for beliefs and expectations, as well as interpersonal actions.They found that, despite what preference they expressed, women preferred a physically fit partner, while most men indicated that a number of body sizes would be acceptable.A few celebrity couples, like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott, defy traditional relationship height standards, though they often receive criticism from the press.