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I'm a 5'2" heterosexual woman and have no problem dating short men. 

That said, I don't know if I could date a guy shorter than me (but it would probably be pretty difficult to find a guy who was shorter than 5'2" anyway).

But I wanted to know how other people — namely, female-identifying people who date men — felt about the matter, so I polled the Revelist team, Twitter, and Facebook.

Opinions were pretty split, which surprised me. Take a look for yourself and read what they had to say.

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"So I met this guy on Tinder [who] said, 'Just to let you know, I'm a little on the short side — I'm 5'4".' I'm 5'3" so I thought, hmm he is pretty short but at least he's *slightly* taller than me so I'll give it a shot. We met up for our date and he definitely lied about his height — he was probably more like 5'2"... When we were sitting at a table everything was normal, but walking next to each other definitely felt weird. I'm also quite athletic/muscular and this guy was definitely not..." — Elysse Stanger, social media professional
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"I've never done it. And probably won't." — Evette Dionne, Revelist senior news and identity editor

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"I use the 'genetic superiority' excuse. I'm not one to date casually, so I figure that if my 5' self dates a short guy, and I were to have a son from said relationship, the poor child wouldn't have a chance. But in all honesty short guys tend to have over-the-top personalities. The Napoleon Complex is real." — Massiel Ortiz Espinal
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"I would never date a guy shorter than me. I'm a taller than the average girl (5'8") so it kinda sucked because it lessened my options, but height was a big thing for me and I never settled. Then I married a giant 6'7" man!" — Lindsay Korsan, LasikPlus surgical technician
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"I won't lie — I much prefer to date guys taller than me. My current boyfriend is rather tall, but I've dated guys several inches shorter than me too, and I found if they were comfortable with it, it didn't bother me either. But if they were intimidated or poked fun when I wore heels, for example, it became a problem. I think it's totally in the attitude. In my mind, it's a turn-on when a guy is tall. But it's not a turn-off is he's short, if that makes sense." — Christina Sterbenz, Business Insider weekend editor
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"I’m a tall lady so I’m fine with dating dudes my height and shorter. THAT SAID, MANY shorter dudes have had a SEEEEEEEEERIOUS problem with my height. So as usual, the problem is men." — Alle Connell, Revelist senior lifestyle editor

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"My boyfriend is just shy of 5' 4"; I'm just a tad taller than him. I sometimes feel uncomfortable wearing heels with him because the norm depicts women as having to be smaller than men. He loves when I wear heels and doesn't have any problem being shorter. I guess it boils down to the same for both tall and short men: Being genuinely confident is attractive." — Joy Liu, Burns Group account executive
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"Honestly I just want to have to stand on my tip-toes when I kiss a guy. Just once. The ultimate shallow fantasy." — Emily Shugerman, Revelist news and identity intern
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"Dated quite the Napoleon Complex-esque guy once. No thank you. As long as someone was at least the same height as me, I was okay (5'6"). It's not that shorter guys were less attractive to me, but more that I felt less feminine when I was the taller one. It made me feel awkwardly self-conscious." — Kelli Silvestri, St. Francis Xavier School music teacher
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"I don't know if you’ve ever noticed this but my generation [Gen Z] is a lot shorter than yours. My personal theory is the chemicals in food and pesticides and unneeded prescription meds — but anyway, we’re all kinda short. But the widespread opinion among college girls (that I’ve found) is that as long as a guy is taller than you then it’s fine. Like if you’re 5’ and he’s 5’3” that’s cool. [But] we’re also a little more lax about dating men who are shorter than you, like if a girl is really tall then she’ll date a few inches shorter." — Bari Stanger, UMass Amherst student
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"I am 5'3", so as long as a guy is taller than me... But I do like height on a man." — Sierra Barter, The Lady Project cofounder and CEO
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"My intelligent brain says go for it with short guys, but I feel like women are programmed from childhood that guys should be our protectors, and that kind of constant messaging pays off." — Shaunna Murphy, Revelist senior entertainment editor
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"I am a mere 4'11", and height of men doesn't impress me. It actually makes me feel a bit less secure, since I probably could not fend off a 6-foot guy. At the same time, if a guy is as short or shorter than me it suggests to me he might have a growth issue." — Alani Grace Grant, research assistant at University of Tennessee Knoxville and teaching assistant at University of Pittsburgh
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"I'm like in love with a dude who's probably 5'6" and I usually date guys who are six feet. I don't know how I feel about it. Then again I'm 5'3" so it doesn't matter as much I can still wear heels and be about his height." — Hannah Page, Revelist lifestyle intern
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"OMG yes, I have dated multiple short men. But kissing a short (shorter than me) guy was hard because I hate bending down! I couldn't throw my arms around his neck." — Liva Jostad-Laswell, Sacramento Waldorf School humanities teacher
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"I've dated across the height spectrum and found there are nice things at every level. There is something appealing about height, but the easy eye contact with short men is great and often the cuddling angles are comfier. And once you're laying down, height doesn't really matter!" — Carla Lerner, actress