Why Men Are Threatened by Smart Women

Katie Sweeney

Well, here’s some unsettling news for smart girls everywhere: MarketWatch is reporting that men don’t want to date intelligent women because they believe it threatens their masculinity. A yet-to-be released study from the November edition of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reports that “while men say they like the idea of dating a woman who’s smarter than they are, when it comes time to meet her, they’re less keen on the brainy lady.”

According to the research, science says that men are only okay with a smarter woman if she is hypothetical. “Faced with actually meeting a female who was smarter than they were, the men distanced themselves more from her, tended to rate her as less attractive, and showed less desire to exchange contact information or plan a date with her.”

While the authors cautioned that more experimentation needed to confirm their conclusions, they believe that “feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men’s decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them.” It’s funny to think of a man feeling threatened by a woman’s brain power, but it’s also kind of sad, especially if you’re a bright, professional woman.

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