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Old 12-17-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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I'm a woman who is 5'5" and my boyfriend is 5'7". It doesn't bother me at all, because he's a rad dude. He's probably the shortest man I have dated, tallest was 6'8".

I have noticed a lot of my female friends who are bigger ladies want tall men.... I think it is because tall men can still make them feel "dainty." That's my guess on that one.
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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This raises an interesting point. People who intend to breed will presumably select a mating-partner with desirable genetic characteristics, such as physical height. But what about for those who are child-free, or who are looking for a partner with whom they don't intend to breed? Would height be equally important?

In other words, is physical attraction always a surrogate for reproductive value?
i would say that physical attraction is a close surrogate for reproductive value when we're young

as people get older their priorities change.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Well I am 6'7" and have never had a relationship. Then again, women do not interest me sexually.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: USA
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I'm a guy who's 5'8" & I've dated girls ranging from 4'11" to 6'1" so I height is not an issue for me.

If I encountered a girl that had hang ups about height, I'd let them know that I had requirements of my dates too. They had to be size 2 or less with DD cups or better. lol (Which is NOT true by the way, but it would be funny to see how they'd react when you put them on the spot).
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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I'm 5'10. I've hooked up with a guy who was shorter than me by a few inches, and a lot of shorter guys aren't so insecure to have a problem hitting on me. But I've tuned my standards so that I won't date or hook up with a guy who's less than two inches taller than me, minimum. Preferably I'd like a man who's in the 6'2-6'4 range, but they're kinda rare.
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:54 PM
 
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This raises an interesting point. People who intend to breed will presumably select a mating-partner with desirable genetic characteristics, such as physical height. But what about for those who are child-free, or who are looking for a partner with whom they don't intend to breed? Would height be equally important?

In other words, is physical attraction always a surrogate for reproductive value?
There is another way to look at this. My mother is 5'5". My father is 5'11". Well, the way things turned out, my
sister is 5'7", my brother is 5'9", and I, the first born and male, am 5'5". Any height genes that would have come from my father being 5'11" never passed down to me. I ended up being the shortest and being shorter than the average American male. Sometimes selection doesn't always work.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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There is another way to look at this. My mother is 5'5". My father is 5'11". Well, the way things turned out, my
sister is 5'7", my brother is 5'9", and I, the first born and male, am 5'5". Any height genes that would have come from my father being 5'11" never passed down to me. I ended up being the shortest and being shorter than the average American male. Sometimes selection doesn't always work.


You may very well have genes associated with average/taller stature, it's just not expressed in your phenotype. I'm 5'6 and my brother is 5'11, yet my mother was 5'3 and father 5'5 at their peaks.

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Old 12-17-2013, 06:13 PM
 
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You may very well have genes associated with average/taller stature, it's just not expressed in your phenotype. I'm 5'6 and my brother is 5'11, yet my mother was 5'3 and father 5'5 at their peaks.
What genes would I have that might be associated with being taller?
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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What genes would I have that might be associated with being taller?
There are dozens if not hundreds of SNPs associated with height. The SNP rs1042725 found in the HMGA2 gene shows a strong correlation.

A common variant of HMGA2 is associated with adult... [Nat Genet. 2007] - PubMed - NCBI
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:32 PM
 
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There are dozens if not hundreds of SNPs associated with height. The SNP rs1042725 found in the HMGA2 gene shows a strong correlation.

A common variant of HMGA2 is associated with adult... [Nat Genet. 2007] - PubMed - NCBI
I'm having a hard time understanding some of this. What other things might there be, physical factors that might not be reflected in phenotype, but in other areas that might be more obvious?
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