A former college football player and wrestler, Maestas said he dated three female athletes who were over six feet tall, including a volleyball player with five inches on him.
"I personally think dating taller girls is a lot of fun.
"When I'm with taller guys I feel more feminine and sexy, whereas when I have been with a guy that's shorter than me, I feel Amazon-like and beastly," Hughes said.
"Which I know is absurd, but it's just the conditioning I've been accustomed to, and it's hard to break from the norm." Back in 2002, ABC News conducted an unscientific experiment to explore how willing women were to date shorter men.
Despite their glowing qualities, the women always chose the taller men.
Some said they would only choose the shortest of the bunch if they learned the taller men were murders or child molesters.
I love the look people give you when you walk into the room with a really beautiful 6-foot-6 girl," Maestas said, though he admitted, "It gets a little awkward when it comes to kissing, especially when you're at a formal event and she is wearing heels." Nearly half of men in the study indicated that their tallest acceptable date could be taller than them or their height (24 and 23 percent, respectively), while 53 percent required their date to be shorter than them.
Men may be less open to dating a tall woman than they think, she added.
Only seven percent would accept someone who was their height, and just four percent would allow for a shorter guy.
"Women view taller men as more likely to be physically dominant and potential protectors, which provides a feeling of safety," Dr.
Though there was some variation in terms of more women initiating dates, it was not widespread enough to challenge the dominant roles.
In the height study, there was not a significant relationship between endorsement of traditional gender roles and ideal height in a dating partner for men or women.