It's only a big issue for some women. My husband is 3 inches taller than me and I am 5'4". I have never cared much one way or another about a guy's height but I am not that tall so most guys are at least my height or taller.
Most women want a guy to be their height or taller, at least when the woman is not in high heels. Some tall gals don't care about that and will date shorter men too. Some gals absolutely want a tall guy. It's what floats their boat. I don't think there is anything wrong with that.
I am sure you are not equally attracted to all shapes and sizes of women. I doubt you look down on women that are not physically attractive to you, but you are not going to want to get naked with them. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. We all want what we want. That's what makes the world interesting.
I'll admit I used to be really into tall guys. 5'10" was my limit any shorter and I was not interested as much. (im a 5'2", so petite status lolol) It's mainly do to psychological needs. Being with a taller person that can hold you tight and tower over you makes you feel "safe" It's been my experience that that's the major reason I would prefer a taller guy. However somewhere down the line I fell head over heals for my fiance who is only 4 inches taller than me and looking back it seems silly that I wanted such a tall person. So as it turns out I don't mind if a guy isn't super tall, regardless, I would never, ever date a guy I was taller than. It's just weird to me.
Not an issue for me. I'm short as it is but I would still date a great guy even if he's a bit shorter than me. One of the more popular guys in my school is like 5'4 and he's got a ton of girls after him :)
Because they want someone to be protective of them
This "protection"thing sounds kinda dumb to me. I just don't get it. What about a short and fat cop (far fetched but not unheard of) He could still wrap his arms around around and make you feel "safe" and he is a cop who specialises in protection and safety of people
It's fine to be attracted to taller men, but the "protection" excuse is just odd to me