Whether the subject was math or English, the men rated the woman who outperformed them as a long-term romantic partner.
In a different study, the researchers put male college students in a room to take a test with a college-aged woman who was, in fact, a “confederate” or “plant” of the team.
He liked how she looked in her photos, and also thought she sounded fun, interesting, and smart.
Everything went smoothly—until they met in person for a cup of coffee.
The idea that any person—man or woman—should be exclusively or predominantly judged by their intellectual acumen while effectively ignoring how reprehensible, annoying, or ignorant they are, is stupid.
This young woman was supposedly taking the test with the students, and made limited small talk before the test began.
Afterward, test “scores” were distributed, and in the final moments, the young men were asked by testers if they found the young woman attractive and would be interested in dating her?
There are many smart single women out here, but their academic achievement does not automatically absolve them of having a distinctively unattractive character.
Secondly, for us men, intellect is just a SLICE of the pie.
In one study, male undergraduates were asked to read about a hypothetical situation in which a female student in their class outperformed them, or underperformed them, in either a math or an English class, and then to imagine how they would think, feel, and behave in such a situation.