Originally Answered: Not a tall or handsome guy - not a chance with women?
okay, you know what? i'm not going to lie. women do prefer taller men. but not because of what you think. (i.e. the physicality)
i have tried to date short men - loved one, would have married him, and yes, he was hot (face, body, etc.) and maybe one of the best ever in bed. but you know what ruined it? him. he had a (pardon the cliche) short man's complex. and you, my dear, are in serious proximity of developing one unless you get some confidence and realize that the right woman is out there for you - you just haven't met her. and chances are, she may be below the "league" you are aiming for.
tall men are more confident. short men - when they feel threatened - turn into total douches. i've noticed short men get weird around taller men and start being jerks to the taller men for no reason at all. when short men feel in power because they are dating a good woman and start getting an ego, they take all their little short man anger out on the woman who loves them.
obviously these are gross stereotypes - but i've seen case after case after case. i've dated both tall and short, and taller men are sooooo much nicer to women. they don;t hit below belt. they don't threaten (or even consider...) going to a prostitute (seriously, those women are usually enslaved or psychologically damaged - how sick are these men who take advantage of such circumstances for a quick lay???)
i don't mean to be cruel. i have met some short men with the BEST personalities that will win over any woman. and really, its about making a girl feel small, cute, and dominated. Tall men can do that better. Short men make girls feel fat (since we are always so worried about being fat) if we weigh as much or more than you, it sucks. so go for the shorter girls. and as far as the 5'4" girls wanting taller men than you - those girls are bitches. honestly. I'm 5'6" and wouldn't mind dating a 5'9" man. those girls had issues. it wasn't you, seriously. don't worry your head about that one.
Just make sure you dress nice (i.e. collared shirt, european style, etc.) have a stylish haircut (don't go to a barber), and don't make comments about women (like the prostitute joke) - these things are quickly picked up on by us and avoided at all costs.