Piotr Sorokowski, Agnieszka Sorokowska, Bernhard Fink, and Mara Mberira (2012)

Variable preferences for sexual dimorphism in stature (SDS) might not be universal: Data from a semi-nomad population (Himba) in Namibia

Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43(1):32-37.

In Western societies women prefer relatively taller men as potential partners, whereas men prefer women to be slightly shorter than them. Here we report data on relative height preferences in a traditional ethnic group, i.e. the Himba, in which men and women do not show such a strong preference. Thus our data challenges the view of a universal preference for taller men, by suggesting that height preferences may be influenced by environmental and ecological conditions.