Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The "height" of attractiveness

I'm sorry, dear on-the-tall-side female reader, but I have to be honest and say that my heart soared when I read the news of the latest body preference survey (you know, the "have you got the right body?" type of stories the media come out with three or four times a year). It seems the latest thoughts on body image stipulate that short women with long legs are the most attractive.
Now, personally, I've always favored short women with legs that are in proportion to the rest of them—like my wife, for instance. But hey, as long as she's no taller than 5'4", long legs are OK.
The most shocking bit of news, however, was not what this report had to say about the attractiveness of long-legged short women to men. It was about the attraction that short-legged tall men command among the ladies.
Women prefer their men tall. Big surprise. When you're a short-assed male, you learn that lesson during countless emotionally and spiritually painful moments during your trip toward and through adulthood. But, I do understand that it is deeply ingrained. (The other day, my wife said she had to stand on her tippie-toes to give me a full hug. I failed to notice, but I find that too endearing for words.)
What I don't quite understand is why tall men with legs that are shorter than they should be for their frame are the height— I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that pun was intended—of attractiveness for women. I mean, what the hell is the point in being tall if you've got short legs?
If I had my way, I'd be 5-foot-11 (being just under six feet would, I'd like to think, preserve my sense of humility), with legs no less fine-shaped and muscular than the ones I've got now, but much more vertically advantaged.
There must be truth in it though. My lovely mother-in-law married a tall bloke. But his legs were quite a bit shorter than you'd expect on a man of 6-foot-2. His height came mostly courtesy of his back.
And, come to think of it, my own father is 5'11", but, during my UMass-Boston days, I used to routinely borrow a pair of his jeans when all mine were in the wash. There were absolutely no problems with extra material down around the ankles, if you get my drift.
Actually, I wonder if height is even a factor at all. I knew a couple in Boston; the husband and wife were both 5-foot-10. She, however, had legs as long as they come—she took a 34-inch inseam—while the guy had legs no longer than my own. He was five inches taller than me, but I swear on all that's holy that my 30-inseam jeans would have fitted him perfectly. From a vertical perspective, anyway (not quite sure he could have squeezed into a 29" waist size!). But he had a long back and was broad-shouldered which is what women like, according to the report.
Food for thought on a drizzly Wednesday morning, at any rate.

5 comments:

kristen said...

Shoot. I guess that counts me out. Short women with long legs sounds like an oxy-moron. It's attractive when people are proportionately what they should be. I would think that a short woman with long legs would have a very sort torso.....kinda weird looking.

I do like men with long torsos and broad shoulders. But if that leaves his legs too short, then there might be a problem.

You know in a few years this 'preference' will change....

The Ugly American said...

I'm 6' married to a 5' woman.

We just had our 25th anniversary! We only knew each other two weeks when we went to Vegas and got married....so not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

It's pretty cool, I can rest my chin on the top of her head! But she still fits in my arms like she was meant to be there!

We have a picture of all of us, my wife and two daughters, that was taken years ago. Each one of us a head taller than the next...can't do that now, one daughter is taller than mom and the other one is about the same height.

I think, if you want your woman to have longer legs that's why god invented stiletto heels!!!!! They're awesome! Yeah, yeah, I'm a pig...

Mouse1972 said...

In my city in the T dot it's all about money and material things like cars, bling, etc. Most of the women want guys with big fancy cars, lots of cash, etc., or they won't even look at you >.<

Pam said...

Very interesting! I felt the reverse of your pain at feeling short growing up - I was one of those girl always trying to scrunch up and look shorter. Thankfully by about 10th grade a good number of the boys were (finally!) getting taller than me : ).

Nightdragon said...

Pam! Where the hell you been? Tried to e-mail you several months ago, but couldn't find your address listed anywhere. Well, I'm glad you're back. You here to stay?

Pero -- That's city women for you, all superficiality and no substance. You don't want a c*** like that anyway, so don't worry about it.

Andy -- I'm only 1-1/2 inches taller than my wife (when we're both in our socks), but that's good enough for me. I'll take it! I'm just grateful that my woman isn't taller than me; that's the important thing!

K. - Yeah, it seems these surveys change all the time. We shall see ...