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Old 01-12-2014, 07:27 PM
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I know it seems superficial to our modern sensibilities, but evolutionary psychology tells us that we choose mates on the basis of health.etc, and height is generally a sign of that. The whole women preferring tall men has been done to death. Of course, in nature it seems that females do most of the choosing but males definitely do choose females to some extent. Especially in a monogamous society, a male would also, consciously or not, look for a female with good traits, fertility, beauty/health.etc...

So some women want to have children with a taller male for their children, but what about vice versa? If you are say, a 5'7" guy, would you ever think to yourself 'if I go with that 4'11" woman my children are likely going to be shorter than me.' Or if you were 6 feet, and your wife was 5 feet, your son might only be say 5'6" or something. I KNOW it doesn't ALWAYS work like that but come on, it usually does.

Anyway, yeah I'm sure wondering if males ever think that way. I'm not saying that I care that much how tall my kid is, but some people do at least a bit...I mean being tall doesn't make you a better person, of course, or even genetically better, but I guess there would be something cool about a son or daughter on the tall side. I mean a son at least taller than myself, but again, it doesn't mean I'd like him more or anything. I hope this doesn't come off as too shallow but I'm sure some people at least think about this stuff. I mean women do, but how often have men realised that height is controlled by both the male's and female's side?
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:35 PM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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No more threads about height.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:36 PM
Location: Pa
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My mom is super tall, dad was almost 6', brothers are over 6', I'm 5'2, son's father is 5'8, my son is growing rapidly and estimates by doctor is 5'6-6'3.

No I don't go by height for genes of my offspring. Genetics is way in depth of what relatives have as well.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Wmsn4Life View Post
You beat me to it.

Thank goodness. Enough is enough.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:43 PM
Location: Southern California
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Originally Posted by Wmsn4Life View Post
How about this one:

Ladies, would you date a man who was afraid of heights?

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Old 01-12-2014, 07:48 PM
Location: earth?
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I have actually thought about this question, because it appeared to me, from observing high school athletes, that the tall/fit boys seemed to go for the tiny/petite cheerleaders. I remember thinking the boys might be surprised when their sons turned out to be tiny/petite.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:56 PM
Location: Center of the universe
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I did actually - at least to some degree. I had in mind that I would marry or have children with an athlete who preferably was tall and strong, but I didn't and don't have hard and fast preferences. But since I am somewhat above average in terms of height, I figured that if the mother of my kids were tall, my children would be enormous.

I ended up with a 6-foot former Division I basketball player and high school track star. Our kids are gigantic, athletic and good-looking - and they've got my brains.

For reproduction, she was perfect. But she wonders how we ever got together because she noticed that I like the very curvy shorties.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:14 PM
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I've had it up to here ( hand placed on chest ) with height threads!!!!!!!
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:19 PM
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I doubt many men think about it. As the OP said, they mainly focus on a woman's good qualities, her fertility and beauty. Just because the woman is a lot shorter, doesn't mind the son/daughter will be short. My 5'11 father married my 5'4 (though was 5'3 when she met him as the age of 18) and my height is 5'7.

In a way, I think the tall genes esp either from the father or others can be the dominant one and the shorter is the recessive.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:21 PM
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Wonder if my mom married my dad for his families beard growing qualities.

My beard right now, it's a thing of beauty. Or hideously ugly looking, if you're a woman.
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