Both women and men want tall partner for strong genetics and it is attractive to be tall. But isn't attractiveness more important factor for women?
Women want tall handsome guys but a short guy can attract her with his charm, sense of humor, status, intelligence or money. But reverse is not possible, majority of guys dont want a girl they dont find attractive.
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The height itself becomes a problem, in my opinion, only when it is severely above or below the normal height (when you have a giant or dwarf, no offense by the way). When height isn't shocking because the person is way too tall or short, proportions are important. For example, in both gals and guys, long legs are considered attractive. That means a 160 cm gal with long legs is going to be more beautiful than the same gal with the same legs but with a 180 cm height due to a longer torso. Proportions matter more than height in general. Also a gal with long legs looks tall, no matter how short she might be (well, not too short either, of course). Then, to be below the normal height is common. Girls are "forgiven" for not looking strong if they are short. A short guy looks weak (unless he packs some serious muscle), a short gal too, but weakness is sort off ladylike, but unmanlike. A short man looks like he lacks manhood, looks weak and can even be sort of despised for it. He's not fitting society's expectations. For these reasons, I'd say short guy, in my opinion.0