Monday, January 03, 2005

Brainy girls have marriage handicap

January 3, 2005

A HIGH IQ is a hindrance for women wanting to get married, while it is an asset for men, according to a study by four British universities.

The study found the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 per cent for males for each 16-point increase in IQ.

But for females, there was a 40 per cent drop for each 16-point rise.

The findings, by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow, were published in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.

The study was based on the IQs of 900 males and females between their 10th and 40th birthdays.

Paul Brown, a psychologist and professor at Nottingham University, told the Sunday Times: "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."

Writer and broadcaster Claire Rayner said intelligent men often prefered 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.

"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 way."



Blogger Zette said...

Hmmmm...well I guess it kinda makes sense in an oddly sort of way. If these "high IQ" men want a dumb bimbo at home to follow him around and agree with everything he says or does, well there is NEVER a shortage. I've seen super smart women act dumb to get a man's attention. "Umm, can you get this or do that, I don't know how???" GAG! COUGH! SPUTTER!

I want a man who can carry on a decent conversation with me about something more than sex, sports or weather reports. I think it could be said that since such men are hard to find and harder to keep, it's no wonder more women are turning to other women, whether that be bi-sexuality or lesbian. It's just a thought anyhow.

My duaghter has been known to "act" dumb to get attention at her young age, and this scares me. I want her to be able to think and do for herself, without feeling the need to rely on anyone else, let alone just men.

Well that's enough of my ranting...LOL!

Congratulations on the new kitty. Welcome Gizzmo! Take care and Happy New Year.


7:21 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Zette ~ Hi there! I'm with you, i need a guy with whom i can carry on an intelligent conversation, one i can continually learn from and laugh with. I don't need to play me, dumbness raises its ugly head quite often in my household.
I'm actually not convinced of the intelligence thing; i reckon its because by the time we reach 35 most of us, men and women, are set firm in our ways and our tolerance for things different shrinks. If we've lived on our own for a while and a new partner moves in, it can be quite difficult to get used to.
See you soon Zette :o)

7:50 PM  
Blogger English Professor said...

Hi, Michelle. Thanks for letting me know you stop in at my site.
Okay, if the choice is between a) being dumb; b) acting dumb); c) staying single; hmmmmmmm, Well, looks like C it is!
Of course, I'm already married to a smart guy, but a man looking for a bimbo doesn't deserve a smart woman.

Item: years ago, I worked with a woman who was getting her master's degree solely because her husband was getting his Ph.D. She had read a study that said if there was more than one degree level between spouses, they would eventually divorce. So she felt compelled to get her master's for the survival of her marriage. I've long since lost track of her--wonder if she's still married?

2:23 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Welcome EP! How funny, your friend doing her masters all because of her hubby and his PHD. Not too sure if i believe that study as i know too many couples that it would fall short.Out of those couples it would be 50/ of lesser qualifications and women. Lets face it........what use would a partner be if they knew how to produce a power point presentation but couldn't cook up a decent spagehetti bog ...LOL

11:39 AM  

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