Montreal Women Answer The Question: Would You Date Or Hook Up With A Shorter Guy? (Video)
A viral video has sparked discussion.
In a viral video last week, a man in a bagel shop lashes out at female employees and customers after feeling slighted for his short stature. The man then begins a misogynistic rant about what he feels is mistreatment and disrespect from women because of his size.
Another customer eventually tackles the man to the floor.
Though the complete circumstances of the incident are unclear, the video has catalyzed a widespread conversation about online dating culture, misogyny, and the potential or assumed disadvantages of shorter-than-average men.
You can watch the video of the man in the bagel shop in the tweet below:
MTL Blog correspondent Olivia Lyle took to the streets to get Montreal women's opinions on this topic and to ask if they, themselves, are open to dating or hooking up with a shorter guy.
Watch that video below:
Interestingly, while as many women say that height matters in relationship/romantic considerations as those who say it does not, more women in this small sample say that they would not date a shorter man than those who say they would.
All women interviewed said that other factors would inform their decision whether or not to hook up with a shorter man.
It is important to note for the purposes of this video, we only explored height as it relates to heterosexual relationships.
Men were more reluctant to offer their own anecdotes or opinions, says Lyle. Though a few men of smaller-than-average height say that their stature has not affected their dating lives.
There are few recent, reputable surveys about height preferences in heterosexual relationships.
In 2013 a study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences found at the very least "that women are not only more selective, but also more consistent, than men, in their partner height preferences."
"Women prefer, on average, a larger height difference between themselves and their partner (i.e. males being much taller than themselves) than men do," according to the article abstract.
Perhaps more at issue in this latest viral video of the man in the bagel shop is the misogynistic perception that women owe attention to men of any height or build.
Stay tuned for more news from this discussion.