So there are already a half-jillion threads on things like feminism (and believe me, I'll continue to beat that dead horse until no more candy comes out), but this is a little different. I think.
I was reading in my bias-yet-still-informative book that with every 16 point increase in I.Q., a woman's chances of marrying go down by about 40%. Contrastingly, every 16 point increase in I.Q. increases a man's chances of marrying by 35%. It suggests that women like smart men but men don't like smart women. And it makes sense from a very basic point of view where men like to feel dominant and women want to be taken care of...
But then I started thinking about it a little more. Is a woman really less likely to get married with a higher IQ because men feel threatened, or is it as simple as an intelligent woman being more selective and more skeptical of mates and mating? Often, when I think about intelligent women, I think about independent women, too. And women of this sort tend to: A. Value relationships more than marriage, B. Select a mate carefully and C. Rely on themselves.
Or maybe smarter women tend to have other negative qualities that make them less attractive to most men?
So is it an unfair card to play on men?
I'd also like to see what kind of women more intelligent men like, versus average guys. That's the perfect place for this, ne? ;)
Here are some quotes from said book:
"There's no greater turn-on than to spar with a woman who can hold her own, never letting herself be bullied. The smarter, stronger, more unyielding the woman, the more delectable the conquest. In my twenties, I was often bemused by some of my intelligent, achieving male friends who tended to run away from that kind of woman. They seemed to fear they would have to be constantly on their toes, giving witty responses in an endless game of repartee."
"Despite being older and less beautiful, they are none the wiser and as picky as ever.... The very men whom they had rejected are now happily married to women who are less picky. Worst of all, many of these men have gone on to have successful careers and now would meet these women's standards. But it's too late."
-Anthony Santelli (about career women)
"A woman who has qualities that put me in awe is far more likely to make me think she is worth falling for."
"They want to find somebody who is as much or MORE: good looking, socially skilled and well-off. What do successful men want? Typically, a good-looking woman who is kind."
-Mike "Not Mormon" Dropkin
"in praise of brainy women: Shortly after we were married, my wife tearfully confessed that her I.Q., at 178, was 45 points higher than mine, that she had been salutatorian of her college class and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. I was shocked, but divorce was out of the question. It has been terrible to live with, but there have been compensations: 1) Our children are a lot smarter. 2) She remembers people's names, places we have visited, and learns foreign languages the way I catch colds. Men, don't fear that cute little genius you have your eye on."