I contacted 31 young women and compared the response rate to the 31 I had messaged before the height change.For those who responded, I replied that I had increased my height for this article and apologized for misrepresenting myself.I also kept my profile photos -- all of me alone and mostly being adventurous and smiling.I messaged young women based on the same parameters as before: I have a base attraction to her; she has been online within the last few months; her profile is at least partially complete; and her height is 5'6" or less (to prevent me from wasting my time and not because I have an aversion to taller women).All responses were over 30 words and contained personal questions.
And yet, isn't this brazen height-ism just another variation on the kind of "no fat chicks" misogyny that would seem both offensive and outdated if a guy were to just casually drop it into a Tinder profile?
Finally, my message style was the same: I remarked on and asked questions about specific aspects of her profile; used language that leads to more responses; and included humor.
In other words, the only factor that varied was my height.
The number of ladies on dating sites listing a minimum height requirement for potential matches is stunning.
At the outset, I can understand: women are typically shorter than men; and if a man falls way below that variance it’s fairly easy to deduce he may be seen as less attractive to the general population.