I did a survey exploring height preference in men and women for the opposite sex.The stereotype is that women prefer tall men or at least taller men, and that men prefer shorter women (relative to their height).

Men prefer women 4.93in shorter to 1.65in taller than them.

Thus, men have approximately a one inch larger acceptable range, on average.

That one inch is on the taller end of the preferred range.

So men, are more likely to self report as being attracted to slightly taller girls, whereas women do not share that accommodation in the opposite direction.

The mean remained the same in older women but the high and low end height range were curtailed.

With men there was a less clear pattern which showed an increase in the high end of the preferred height range with age.

Sample Info ------------------------------------------------------- age range 18-65 # of men 1249 # of women 1458 average height of women in sample 5ft 4.9in average height of men in the sample 5ft 10.3in -------------------------------------------------------- Question that was asked: Summation If you adjust for the height difference of men and women (men are @5in taller), men have an almost identical opposite direction height preference.

Adjusting for the height difference of men and women, women would still prefer men .3 to 5.4 inches taller than them (the unadjusted preference range is 5.3 to 10.4 inches taller).

The female range preference ends at slightly above their gender adjusted height.

From an evolutionary standpoint this all makes sense.

Preference selection should be mirrored in the sexes and any flexibility is more likely to show up in males since women exert greater selection power than men, on average.