When it comes to romantic partners, men and women tend to sort themselves out so that they form pairs of similar height.However, among married couples, women are more likely to be shorter than their husbands, if only by a few inches.However, unless taller equals stronger, faster, and smarter even in this scenario, height wouldn’t seem to offer any particularly unique advantage.You can probably come up with your own counter-arguments to the evolutionary interpretation on your own. First, taller men may only stronger because we conflate height with weight and strength.However, no one seemed totally happy with their partner’s actual height.
This could be because of the tall man’s preference for slightly less tall women, as the authors conclude.
Second, being “looked up to,” quite literally, may at some subconscious level lead taller men to feel that they have superior qualities.
Third, and most importantly from a scientific perspective, we simply don’t have the experimental cause-and-effect data to back up the idea that social attitudes and not the caveman explanation are behind any particular set of mating advantages being conferred to taller men.
Evolutionarily speaking, one might argue that a tall man would be preferred by women because, if you follow the argument, he’ll be stronger and better able to ward off physical treats to his family.
In the beast-eats-man world of primitive civilizations, this argument might have a rationale.
As proponents of a biosocial gender approach argue, the two sets of influences are completely, and utterly, intertwined.