[Tin Man] Jeff commented on and pointed to a cute article in Salon entitled “Short and Sweet: …Some reasons why smaller men rock”.
As a short man (~5'6") who has a fondness for other short men, I wholeheartedly endorse the article. Interestingly, I pretty much always reveled in my small stature (probably tied into the whole “elf” thing), and unlike many small men, who wish they were taller, I wouldn’t have minded if I were even a little shorter. While there certainly are times that not being able to see over the head of someone in front of me is frustrating, at the same time I’ve always felt that I’ve had an advantage in slipping easily and quickly through the gaps in crowds. Being relatively lightweight has its advantages, too, in terms of being able to be enfolded in a taller man’s arms or hugged tightly to his chest, or picked up and quite literally swept off my feet by someone bigger and stronger; back when I used to be active in partner dancing, it often was a visceral joy to be swung into the air by a taller partner.
Among the women and gay men profiled in the article who prefer short men, one even maintains a web site (Short Men of the Internet) for “gay admirers of men who stand 5'7" and under” (caution – not completely work safe) and is quoted as saying “I like the way short men fit in your arms. I like leaning down to kiss a guy–it just feels sexy holding a masculine little guy.” As a short man who’s been in that situation, amen. And as the one in my current relationship who gets to be the taller, bigger one (however slightly) for a change, I’m finding it a position to relish as well.