As a short-ish guy I heartily agee. I’ve been told by multiple women that I’m not tall enough for them to date, even when I was inches taller than them!
So at this point I don’t even think it’s about relative heights. I think there’s something else going on — where wanting to “feel safe” is actually tied to childhood memories of daddy towering over them.
Sorry, that’s not the kind of relationship most guys are looking for with a woman they’re dating!