Women IQ vs. Marriage Prospects
While it is an asset for men, a high IQ is a hindrance for women wanting to get married, according to a study by four British universities.
The study found the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 percent for boys for each 16 point increase in IQ. But for girls, there is a 40 percent drop for each 16-point rise, according to the survey by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
The study is based on the IQs of 900 men and women between their 10th and 40th birthdays.
“Women in their late 30s, who have gone for careers after the first flush of university, and who are among the brightest of their generation, are finding that men are just not interesting enough,” psychologist and professor at Nottingham University Paul Brown said.
Claire Rayner, writer, and broadcaster, says that intelligent men often preferred a less brainy partner.
“A chap with a high IQ is going to get a demanding job that is going to take up a lot of his energy and time,” she said.
“In many ways, he wants a woman who is an old-fashioned wife and looks after the home, a copy of his mum in a sense.”
The study has been published in the British Sunday Times newspaper.
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I hate stuff like that and think it is EVIL. The reason is that I am a woman and got lucky enough to be blessed with abnormally high intelligence. I also have “a big heart” but not literally. I love the idea of having someone who likes and loves me being my buddy for decades – a husband or husband type guy, as well as being a good Mom to my son “and stuff like that.”
I have managed to ‘not play dumb’ but I find it very emotionally hurtful and painful when an asset like brains gets treated like it is a bad thing. That’s really what I am objecting to: OUCH!
Angie, very thought-provoking article! Thank you for posting.
I fortunately had a husband who expected brains in the package and my sons who all tap out as smarter than the average – way smarter, is a testament to my upbringing passed on to them with an extra wallop from their dad.
The problem I see here is that intelligent woman want a career – I had and didn’t particularly want but in the long run I had enough time to influence my sons greatly. Raising another generation is not an easy job. But is a satisfying one. We impart more to our children through our genes than we take credit for or possibly know about