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Ken Wehking, 46, spends time with Megan, his daughter by gestational carrier, and their pound Great Dane, Dante. Photo: Rebecca Stumpf. Ken Wehking, her laid-back father, attends to his newborn in the living room. Four months prior, Ken brought Megan home after a hour birth. He even cut the umbilical cord.

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I've had many, many blunt rejections because of my height - especially with modern internet dating. I have found that smaller men have assumed, for whatever reason, that I'm a threat and try to belittle me by making out that I'm not very bright! I did an experiment on the dating app, OkCupid.

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I'm now perfectly happy with my height. I now know it was all about their own insecurities. I was always the shortest in my year and often the last to be picked for sports teams and my parents got so worried about it that they arranged for me to have human growth hormone injections.

Probably the most annoying thing is when someone asks you about your height and you tell them, and then they say, "OMG! My second long-term partner was the six-footer, and my third my second wife was a 5ft 8in rower I met at Molesey Boat Club. It took me a while to get used to it, but I came to regard all the sideways glances and whispered asides as rather complimentary, as everyone obviously thought there must have been something specially good about me!

It obviously makes them feel "big". Sometimes I feel that maybe life would be different if I was taller, but at the same time if I was taller would I still be the person I am?

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A few years later, I started coxing the UK's heavyweight men's coxed pair, and we won a bronze medal at the World Championships. It just comes naturally and maybe that is the key, not trying too hard and not feeling that your height is a handicap.

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I have had friendships with smaller men but it's almost as though I'm their trophy, and something to conquer I have been asked to wear flat shoes and to sit down rather than stand at a bar. The first of Steve Redgrave's five consecutive Olympic golds.

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A nation of tall cheese-eaters You may also be interested in:. Unfortunately, many women in London won't date anyone under 6ft. I'm now single again and hoping to meet a new partner - and her height won't be the most important consideration, as long as mine isn't the most important for her. But my view is that if my height is a problem, it's her problem, not mine!

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Of course people have mentioned my height from time to time, but I have not been bullied for it. The boat club's chief coach was also the chairman of the British Amateur Rowing Association, and he got me to participate in routine National Squad training on the Thames at Hammersmith. Carol 5ft 9in cm. Short men marry late but, once they do get married, tend to stay married longer, and they stay happily married, too. I still wear my heels and am proud of my height now but over the years small men have made me feel less of a woman for being tall.

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It's like, "Dude, I'm standing here, did I suddenly get shorter when I told you my height in s? In my teens, small men would laugh and call me "lurch", ask if the air up there is too thin etc. Robert 5ft 1in pictured above, with an ex. The women I have dated have ranged from cm my height to cm 5ft 9in. Luckily, I managed to avoid the scandal of the CJD "mad cow disease" infections, which were accidentally caused by human growth hormone drugs at exactly the same time - just as I had almost miraculously avoided developing Thalidomide problems before being born my mother was offered the drug during her pregnancy with me, having suffered continuous morning sickness.

Dating apps Dating Online dating. Related Topics. If I'm on a date I don't give my height a second thought. Readers - including one taller woman - then replied with some of their own experiences, good and bad. Could there be a connection? It has got me where I am over the last 40 years! My first wife was about the same height as me. They did an X-ray on my arm to see if my bone had hardened or I could still grow.

Why short men make better husbands The Dutch drink a lot of milk, eat a lot of cheese, and are now the tallest people in the world.

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I have never ever experienced any bullying in rowing because of my height - in fact quite the reverse! I'm happily married to a man who's 6ft. Chris, 5ft 7in cm. The author of a book on the Netherlands, Ben Coates, explains how the Dutch became not only voracious but also very discerning cheese eaters.

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Nowadays there are far more tall girls. They do this in circumstances of difficulty and against the odds, and they do it with the shorter women they often marry, but also with the taller women they sometimes land. Romantically I have not had a major problem either. And also in this:.

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When I was a schoolboy, I definitely did wish to be taller. I was lucky in many ways. An interesting and lengthy paper by a pair of sociologists from New York University concludes that short men make stable marriages, writes Adam Gopnik.

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Adrian, 5ft 4in cm. This is a generalisation of course. There was talk about giving me a hormone injection to make me grow when I was a. I originally listed my height as 5ft 7in and I didn't get many matches - on average, about one a week. Recently Allan Mott wrote about the difficulties of being short.

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That short? Which is not the case. Then, three years later, I ed the coxed four team, which set a new world record before winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Sweden is famous for being a country of tall blond men. I'm aware that short guys often complain that it's hard to find a woman, but I have never felt that way at all.

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It knocked my confidence as I was shy anyway. I found small men to be arrogant, with something to prove. OK, some annoying things have happened over the years - like when people want to lift you up because you are easy to lift. I was even told I would have problems finding a partner.

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But all that was a long time ago. I was just the short guy in the class.

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My best girlfriend is 4ft 11in so I have no problem with small people - she's actually married to a man who is 6ft 3in! When I went to Reading University I was told that I was exactly the right size to be a cox - 5ft 4in and under eight stone - and would be very welcome at the rowing club.

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But I never felt that I stand out too much. It's always been easy for me to befriend women. My 6ft tall ex had a bit of "a thing" for shorter men she probably felt safer with them, having had a difficult relationship with her very tall father and I think she was amused by other people's reaction.

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I have always been friends with very tall people - most of my male friends are between cm and cm 5ft 11in and 6ft 3in - and that has made me feel comfortable around tall people. I was very slim which made me look taller. Eventually I ran out of excuses, and to my great surprise I found myself hooked within about 10 minutes.