That said, I don't know if I could date a guy shorter than me but it would probably be pretty difficult to find a guy who was shorter than 5'2" anyway. But I wanted to know how other people — namely, female-identifying people who date men — felt about the matter, so I polled the Revelist team, Twitter, and Facebook. Opinions were pretty split, which surprised me. Take a look for yourself and read what they had to say. We met up for our date and he definitely lied about his height — he was probably more like 5'2" When we were sitting at a table everything was normal, but walking next to each other definitely felt weird.
I'm not one to date casually, so I figure that if my 5' self dates a short guy, and I were to have a son from said relationship, the poor child wouldn't have a chance. But in all honesty short guys tend to have over-the-top personalities. The Napoleon Complex is real. I'm a taller than the average girl 5'8" so it kinda sucked because it lessened my options, but height was a big thing for me and I never settled.
Then I married a giant 6'7" man! My current boyfriend is rather tall, but I've dated guys several inches shorter than me too, and I found if they were comfortable with it, it didn't bother me either. But if they were intimidated or poked fun when I wore heels, for example, it became a problem.
I think it's totally in the attitude. In my mind, it's a turn-on when a guy is tall. But it's not a turn-off is he's short, if that makes sense. So as usual, the problem is men. I sometimes feel uncomfortable wearing heels with him because the norm depicts women as having to be smaller than men.
He loves when I wear heels and doesn't have any problem being shorter. I guess it boils down to the same for both tall and short men: Being genuinely confident is attractive. The ultimate shallow fantasy. As long as someone was at least the same height as me, I was okay 5'6". It's not that shorter guys were less attractive to me, but more that I felt less feminine when I was the taller one.
It made me feel awkwardly self-conscious. But I do like height on a man. It actually makes me feel a bit less secure, since I probably could not fend off a 6-foot guy.
At the same time, if a guy is as short or shorter than me it suggests to me he might have a growth issue. I don't know how I feel about it. Then again I'm 5'3" so it doesn't matter as much I can still wear heels and be about his height. But kissing a short shorter than me guy was hard because I hate bending down! I couldn't throw my arms around his neck.
There is something appealing about height, but the easy eye contact with short men is great and often the cuddling angles are comfier. And once you're laying down, height doesn't really matter!