Perhaps not as simple as us men were looking for, but helpful nonetheless.
And I would go so far to say they are repulsed by shortness on a level almost as much as men are repulsed by fat.
While I have seen no studies, anecdotally there is enough data a study doesn't have to be commissioned.
And thus you were sent out into the world, thinking your height was no serious disadvantage.
That like you, women weren't bigoted against people shorter than them and just as you were comfortable dating a girl taller than you, women would be comfortable dating men shorter than them. For while not addressed or talked about much, height is arguably the number one thing women look at.
What’s interesting is how women use height, just as they might use hair colour, in gauging their attraction to a potential mate. It might seem like a no brainer that most women will end up with a partner taller than themselves, as men are on average the taller sex.
But, in a 1980 study (Gillis & Avis) of 720 couples, only one couple had a taller woman and shorter man. This much smaller percentage than expected by chance suggests there is a selective preference for taller men. Additionally tallness is seen as showing masculinity: • Taller men are seen as more dominant and assertive (Melamed, 1992) • Evolutionarily, larger men may have been seen as more able to provide, and as passing on strong genes to their children • Following on from this, taller men have been found to have one more biological child than shorter men (Pawlowski, Dunbar, & Lipowicz, 2000) The way that tallness is rewarded by society in general goes some way to explaining why some women prefer tall men, as they may be perceived as more powerful and even more attractive. Personality and Individual Differences, 13, 1349-1350. This "height spread" combined with the fact taller men aren't going to turn down a girl based on height, pushes short men out of the "height market." Regardless, you're just going to have to "aim low" and not bother approaching taller girls. Whatever strategy or strategies you choose to pursue, the key lesson to pull from this is to realize just what a severe handicap being short is for a guy. It's not "something shallow girls insist on." It is a genetically hardwired preference of women, neither to be berated or shamed. Look at couples in the street – usually the man is taller than the woman.Second, well while a fat girl can always lose weight (well, according to science and biology anyway, HAR HAR HAR! This is alright because, again, men really don't care that much about height. The problem is (as many online dating profiles will show you) short girls are just as picky as their taller female counterparts when it comes to the height of men. Finally, if push comes to shove, Asian and Latin countries. And of course this is doing no service to our Asian or Latino brothers, but sorry guys, all's fair.