You were always the small guy of the bunch: the one who was chosen last in the basketball line-up; the one who was afraid he wouldn't get a date for the high school prom.
But just because your pants are shorter and you need to look up to most of those around you, it doesn't mean that you should also have short expectations when it comes to dating and life.
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Besides, what do I mean by short? Anyone is short next to Shaquille O'Neal, Conan O'Brien and the leggy Gisele Bundchen, so they are no indication of the norm. Regular height for a man ranges between 5'8" and 5'11", while "short" for men, according to clothing sizes, ranges from 5'4" to 5'7". Now even if you don't reach the average height, there's no reason to feel insecure or lacking in any way. Height is overrated and not something that women place high on their list of priorities.
Even the heights of the "shorter" Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Bono, Jason Priestly, Prince, and businessman Jack Welch have nothing to do with their power or presence.
But in our prejudiced society, where certain norms and expectations rule, we all want to be part of the crowd, and even meet or exceed standards. Even Louis the 14th wore 5-inch high-heel shoes, which helped popularize the shoes no man today can grasp.
The King's shoes became popular for women, to say the least, and today females slip on everything from the stiletto and the platform to the pump.
does size matter?
I rounded up a group of girlfriends in order to determine whether a man's height is really that important; you may or may not be surprised with the results.
While Janine said, "as long as a man has a personality, his height doesn't matter," Stacey quipped, "it's what a man does with his height that really counts."
Gina placed intelligence and a wicked sense of style very high on her list of prerequisites, and Iris agreed with Janine in stating that a personality is of prime importance -- in terms of "confidence, sense of humor, wit, and a killer smile."
Let's not be nave though; Steffi said that she always dreamed of "a tall, dark man to whisk her away," as did Andrea, who responded that she only dates men who stand taller than 6 feet. Okay, these two women are 5'11".
You've surely heard this before, but women look for the following in a man:
genuine kindness and caring
witty sense of humor
sense of style
Let it be known that this checklist is not in order of importance, and you don't need to be born with good looks in order to look good. That's where the gift of grooming and fashion come into play.