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Posted 13 April 2008 - 02:29 AM

I have never seen someone who was taller then 6'2 who didn't habitually slouch over (no men, anyway). Likewise, I have never seen someone shorter then 5'4 who didn't walk perfectly ram-rod upright and add inches with thick soled boots and high heels. Everyone seems to, subconsciously or not, push themselves towards the mean.

As someone who is of perfectly average height for my weight and gender, the Tall vs. Short battle is one I've never been part of. So which is better, to be tall or short?
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 07:00 AM

Tall.

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But seriously, I do prefer being able to reach things and tower over people. Plus, its a wonderful thing to annoy short girl(friend)s with.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 09:12 AM

Tall.

It's hard to be taken seriously when you're short.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 11:50 AM

QUOTE (DreamerM @ Apr 13 2008, 02:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So which is better, to be tall or short?

Who cares?
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 11:54 AM

I think it's better for a girl to be really short than really tall, as guys don't like to go for girls that tower over them, and the girl gets really self-conscious of her height if she is tall (I have several really tall girl friends). However, short is annoying, too. I'm short. 5'2". I don't bother with heels and stuff but I wouldn't say no to a late growth spurt! I definitely used to walk/stand up straight as possible but various medical problems beat that habit out of me. I'm working on it though because no matter what height you are, slouching is unattractive.

Short sucks because you can't reach things and can't do things where there is a height requirement - for instance, I will never get to be a Blue Man because they have a height requirement of 6' or something. sad.gif

And I think for guys tall is better because of the same, but reversed, reason as the girls don't want to be too tall.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 12:15 PM

Neither is "better," but for men a great deal of emphasis is placed socially on height, so tall is better, but it peaks around 6'2." Taller than that the effect starts to wane, especially if like most guys that height you're also skinny. Some guys have jobs too where size comes into play a lot, moreso than women.

With women, tall and slim looks great in dresses and long coats, but since most women aren't models, I think 5-9" is the ideal. Women take height more seriously than men do, IMO, and require taller partners more than men require shorter ones. You sometimes hear gals who are 5'0" saying they like men to be at least 6'. Whereas physical requirement statements from men usually come in the form of slimness, usually weight proportionate to height. So a lot of short guys have a hard time finding the right gal, while a lot of tall women have similar trouble when they meet guys who want to date women shorter than they are.

I don't think I have seen the slouching and reaching phenomenon that Dreamer refers to. I did notice Ashton Kutcher slouched a lot, but apart from that, no.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 05:07 PM

I'm 6'2" and I slouch. Then again, I also have scoliosis. So I mean...yeah.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:05 PM

Tall for sure.

Both my parents are short, mom is 5'1" Dad is 5'8"
my sister and is 5'3" and im about 5'4"
and (sadly) one of the taller girls in the family

It is sort of a thing among me and my female cousins
beacuse we are short no one wants their kids to be short and picked on.
Especially boys, oh those terrible high school days

So we would like guys at least 6' or even better
6'2" to 6'4" is like the dream, but as Civ said It is so hard to find
not to mention whether he has the right morals and atittude.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:05 AM

I tend to agree with Civ#2 on the breakdown of the generalisation, but for me personally it's actually about hearing. I'm just over 6' tall. When I'm standing around a number of people that are shorter than me I tend to slouch. Not to be a part of the mean but rather to put myself into the conversation. It's even more pronounced in loud venues.

When I'm with other friends, such as my cricket mates who are mostly around my height I tend to be standing upright. Again because that is where the conversation is.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:19 AM

I'm 5"10 is that short or tall? I think I'm pretty much the average of the average. If I'm honest I would like to be about 6 feet but seeing how I was told as a child I would be lucky to top out at 5"5 (I was tiny until I was 17) I probably shouldnít complain.

While I donít like to get too hung up on looks I would agree that its better that the man is taller in a relationship just because we've seen how ridiculous it looks when a guy is walking down the street with his girlfriend towering over him. Itís a stupid stereotype but there it is.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 11:29 AM

I'm 5'7" when I don't slouch, but I have terrible posture, so I don't often look it. I don't care about height in anybody, unless it's too large a difference, and that's only in initial outlook on prospective relationships due to potential numerous problems related to height differences (and very tall, built women intimidate me tongue.gif ). I'm sure I could get over it with the right person; it would just be extra awkward at first.

I definitely perceive that in society, men are supposed to be tall, and women are supposed to be average, but like I said, it's not important to me.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:53 PM

Dear Slade and Casual:

One of you change your avatar. I am so fucking confused whenever the both of you post in the same thread. For serious.
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:57 AM

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Time for a change here too continuing on in my tradition of using VG cats avatars I chose a fascist catar this time.



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So this baby, while still inside its mother, murdered his twin brother and STOLE HIS PENIS.

That is one badass baby.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 12:06 PM

It's even better when we post one after the other! I could also change my signature and title so they matched yours to make it worse! tongue.gif

But I won't. I'll even change my avatar soon, just for you, Hecc.
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Posted 17 April 2008 - 05:07 PM

I'm a little shorter than average, and I like it ok. I enjoy climbing on stuff to get stuff I can't reach, and it would look pretty silly if I were taller.

One of my friends is about 6' and she wears high heels all the time. She married a tall guy, though. I've dated taller and shorter, no preference. Taller makes me feel girlier, and shorter means I can run faster.
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