A long long time ago, when men and women were considered to have very specific male and female "duties" – to be a hunter-gatherer (men), and to look after the kids (women), you could say it was almost necessary for the men to be bigger so they were able to successfully carry out said duties.
Being tall and big is a sign of strength in men, whereas having a curvaceous, petite figure is considered more womanly.
But these days, with supermarkets doing all the hard work for our men (and women), what is the main strength modern women should look for in a potential partner?
However, most of my female friends admit that it's still important for them to date or marry a man who is taller than them.
And not only a bit taller either, a good two inches taller is required.
So why are many women, including myself, still programmed to think like this?
I’ve always wished to be a couple of inches shorter so I could wear high heels and not feel like a walking tree.
If that sounds dramatic, just consider that on the rare occasions I do wear stilettos, I tower over my usually shorter female friends.
It's awkward trying to hold a conversation while bending down to listen. A mate of mine who is 6ft tall admitted that while she'd prefer to be a few inches shorter (my height, at 5ft 10in), she actually likes being tall and wants to remain so – even though she's often felt "awkward and self-conscious" because of her height.
If 5ft 10ins is too tall for me, and it's the ideal for someone else, why can’t we be happy as we are?
At just under 5ft 10in, I consider myself a tall woman.
The average male in England is 5ft 10in, while the typical female is a mere 5ft 5ins, so you could say I’m well over average height for my gender.
What’s worse, according to statistics, half the men in the country are my height or shorter.
When it comes to dating, that makes the chances of finding a potential boyfriend slimmer than most – if, like me, you care about finding a man who's taller than you.