Monday, November 28, 2005

Women biased against short men

Women will take just about any shortcoming in a man, except inthe height department, according to Andrea McGinty, who foundedthe San Diego-based dating service It's Just Lunch.McGinty helped ABCNEWS put together an experiment to test justhow willing women are to date shorter men. We brought togetherseveral short men and asked them to stand next to taller men.We invited groups of women to look at the men and choose a date.To see if the women would go for short guys who were successful,ABCNEWS' Lynn Sherr created extraordinary résumés for the shortermen. She told the women that the shorter men included a doctor,a best-selling author, a champion skier, a venture capitalistwho'd made millions by the age of 25.Nothing worked. The women always chose the tall men. Sherr askedwhether there'd be anything she could say that would make theshortest of the men, who was 5 feet, irresistible. One of thewomen replied, "Maybe the only thing you could say is that theother four are murderers." Another backed her up, saying thathad the taller men had a criminal record she might have beenswayed to choose a shorter man. Another said she'd haveconsidered the shorter men, if the taller men had beendescribed as "child molesters."

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