Most Helpful Girl
I actually prefer someone short and closer to my height. Also, I dont want a skinny guy because I'll always be self-conscious as to whether I'd break him by sitting in his lap and all that lol. I like guys who have more of an average body size (not fat or skinny) and are a bit toned (but not skinny or super muscular)
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Most Helpful Guy
Muscular men were probably chosen over lanky men back then because a muscular build is lot more intimidating then a tall lanky figure, so muscular men gave off the appearance of being better protectors for women and the family.
Also the 20th century was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution where people started to rely more on machines to do all the work, but prior to that, majority of work was done by hard physical labor. A muscular man gives off the appearance of being a man who can handle himself in the most physically demanding job as oppose to a tall skinny guy. This made the muscular man look more like a better provider.
However, the world changed during the 20th century to where a man doesn't need to be muscular in order to bring down another man nor to be a good provider. A man with a taser, pepper spray or a gun could easily bring down any man regardless of how much bigger that man is compared to him. And the arrival of low-physical demanding jobs such as in the technology and medical field has made it possible for men to be excellent providers without doing any heavy lifting whatsoever.
The media also helped usher in this "skinny dude" era, when they began to sexualize skinny men in the 1960s, which women ate up.