Piotr Sorokowski, Agnieszka Sorokowska, Bernhard Fink and Mara Mberira

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

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.