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Moreover, research on leg length and leg-to-body ratio conflicts with the notion that there is a distinct preference for taller mates.
Therefore, a biological or, more specifically, an evolutionary argument for the preference of a taller mate is questionable, lacking definitive evidence.
Nonetheless, research by Dan Ariely found that American women exhibit a marked preference for dating taller men, and that for shorter men to be judged attractive by women, they must earn substantially more money than taller men.
Nonetheless, on a cultural level in Post-industrial society, a sociological relationship between height and perceived attractiveness exists.
In the media, heightism can take the form of making fun of people whose height is out of the normal range in ways that would be unseemly if directed at skin color or weight.
The portrayal of short men in the media is in general negative.