A young Saudi bride has divorced her husband because he is too short.
The woman, in her 20s, claimed that she could no longer withstand the mockery and shocked looks of her friends because he was too short for her.
In legal documents, she added that the shocking attitudes by strangers in public when they remarked how she was towering over her husband during their brief seven month union had made her feel ‘painfully uneasy’ and ‘distressingly uncomfortable.’ The case was described as peculiar by the endowment department in Al Qatif in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province, according to Gulf News.
The couple involved have not been named. News of the divorce has received a mixed reaction on social media, with many condemning the move by the young woman, claiming she was utterly insensitive in her attitude and blaming her for accepting to marry him when he proposed.
The few who supported her said she was right to ask for the separation, arguing that her uneasiness was not a matter of days that could be overcome with patience, but of a lifetime.
This is not the first time that height has been found to be an important consideration in matters of the heart. A joint study by Rice University and the University of Texas found that women want a man who towers over them because it conforms to gender stereotypes and makes them feel protected.