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?
Surely it's not whether men can chop down trees to provide vital fuel for both dinner and warmth, but, sadly in many of my male mates' cases, their ability to sit at desk and stare at a computer screen for long periods at a time.
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.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 trying to catch the attention of a man however, the same problem reared its ugly head – as she admitted that she would opt for less height in the shoe department in these situations.
“Being tall can make you feel intimidating to men, and therefore less likely to be approached,” she mused.
average) I was keen to learn that they actually envy taller women.
And the reason why they feel this way was certainly something I hadn’t considered before.
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.
At just under 5ft 10in, I consider myself a tall woman.