Bigger is not better

In which I tackle society’s attitude towards the petite man.

hobbits from lord of the rings looking scared

Short men make better husbands, and make up in wisdom what they lack in stature – BBC News Article

Not that this is news to me, I could have told them with all my 5’2″ frame that being on the left of the height curve means I’m at the top of the bell for being awesome. The only problem with being an amazing short spouse is getting there in the first place.

Height is the most lied about attribute on dating profiles. I can tell you in one word why the individuals who use matchmaking sites tell fibs.


My experience of the nightmare of internet dating led me to believe that the only thing that matters in an online profile is a photo of you and how tall you are. All that nonsense about your personality and algorithms that match you with your dream partner, that all goes out the window the moment someone sees what you look like.

Love may be blind by those looking for someone are not.

Where are the Mrs. Oompa Loompas?

I once tried an experiment, after no success being stupidly honest (admitting my height is only 5’2″) and getting zero response from those who were meant to be in to my GSOH I decided to add another foot. It worked so much better, but I decided to ignore anyone who now was interested in me and my sudden growth spurt.

Men were more split about whether they would go for someone taller or not. Nothing about what a person is like seems to trump this, either be large or go home.

I’ve experienced this height aversion so many times, I am certain that given a few more inches I would have not been as single as long as I was. Rather than someone who makes them happy all the Princesses I encountered would rather have someone who can reach things in the cupboard.

Thankfully I found someone who didn’t care, and is taller than me. As a 5’2″ male you find you either don’t care about height or have a smaller dating pool to choose from. Apparently this is what makes me a better husband, not that I help around the house or would rather be able to put my daughter to bed than earn £10k more working in London.

The article suggest that because I’m short I found it hard in the first place to get  married so I’m less likely to put myself in the position to have to enter the dating market again. Small men are desperate, so we tend to stick around rather than the fickle marriage vows of the tall. Maybe there is something to that.

Perhaps it is because I found people so quick to judge me on physical altitude that I am better at looking for the good in someone I want to marry rather than just looks. As I’m short I understand that sometimes I need help reaching the higher shelves in the cupboards so maybe I need to help others. My hobbitry makes me a perfect ringbearer.

Source: Reach

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

4 thoughts on “Bigger is not better”

  1. No problem here. I am 1m 75, Mr. Swiss 1m 72 (sorry don’t know feet measurements). My oldest son is 1m 86 and my youngest 1m 82 so go figure Family Angloswiss when they all go out together. I just tend to get fed up with having to fetch everything from the top shelf in the kitchen.


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