And after many more meetings, when we both felt confident enough about our future to discuss our respective pasts, we compared notes on dating.

“Women seem to be very keen on height and good grammar,” mused by boyfriend.

“I saw a lot of profiles that said ‘Don’t bother if you don’t know the difference between ‘to’ and ‘too’ - and definitely not if you’re shorter than me.” Apparently, height is one of the most commonly lied about attributes on dating sites, and I know plenty of women, myself included, who have complained when a date turned out to be six inches shorter than advertised.

It took me a long time to feel feminine on my own terms, but being on the arm of a tall man did the trick. It took me less than half a martini to change my mind.

After all, everyone is the same height when they’re on a bar stool, and I’d not met many other men, tall or short, in whom I found a mutual unfettered enthusiasm for The Simpsons, crunchy peanut butter and the Ludacris song Area Codes.

Whoever started the myth that men don't like to be cuddled protectively like silverware is a bold-faced liar.

It hasn't been a good week for gentlemen of small stature.

There was no opportunity to specify a preferred size, as you might do on or My Single Friend or John Lewis, when you’re ordering duvets.

I’d amassed a collection of subconscious prejudices connected with height. Would he be less confident, less at ease with himself and less successful than a man who stood up at six foot?

I can’t think of any disadvantages to dating a shorter man, only plus points - for example, you can kiss each other without any major bending and stretching, and you can pinch his Converse (although this might deter shorter men from going out with taller women, especially women like me with massive feet).

If single women make one dating resolution for 2014, I think they should give a shorter guy a chance.

that is, until we both stood up to pick a few songs from the jukebox.

It was the moment of truth, and yep, at almost 5’10”, I was a couple of inches taller than he was.

Theme parks have less stringent height requirements than some of the single women I know. When I went on my very first date with the man who is now my boyfriend, I remember being a little taken aback by the fact that, in my modest two and a half inch heels, I could see clearly over the top of his head.