The truths about dating and mating mobilism
Evolutionarily speaking, one might argue that a tall man would be preferred by women because, if you follow the argument, he’ll be stronger and better able to ward off physical treats to his family.
In the beast-eats-man world of primitive civilizations, this argument might have a rationale.
However, among married couples, women are more likely to be shorter than their husbands, if only by a few inches.
Second, being “looked up to,” quite literally, may at some subconscious level lead taller men to feel that they have superior qualities.
Third, and most importantly from a scientific perspective, we simply don’t have the experimental cause-and-effect data to back up the idea that social attitudes and not the caveman explanation are behind any particular set of mating advantages being conferred to taller men.
This then becomes translated into social attitudes.
Napoleon aside, tall men are more likely to win the popular contest in presidential votes and to be re-elected once in office (Stulp, 2013).
Their greater leadership potential may have something to do with the fact that tall men have higher self-esteem (whether or not deserved), are happier, and less likely to feel jealous toward other men.