Saturday, November 17, 2007

And now, the bad news...

Huh. Just when things seem to be looking up, we're brought crashing back to earth. The (rather depressing) results of another study:

“We found that men did put significantly more weight on their assessment of a partner’s beauty, when choosing, than women did. We also found that women got more dates when they won high marks for looks.”

He continued: “By contrast, intelligence ratings were more than twice as important in predicting women’s choices as men’s. It isn’t exactly that smarts were a complete turnoff for men: They preferred women whom they rated as smarter — but only up to a point ... It turns out that men avoided women whom they perceived to be smarter than themselves. The same held true for measures of career ambition — a woman could be ambitious, just not more ambitious than the man considering her for a date.

“When women were the ones choosing, the more intelligence and ambition the men had, the better. So, yes, the stereotypes appear to be true: We males are a gender of fragile egos in search of a pretty face and are threatened by brains or success that exceeds our own.”

Seriously. With all the so-called progress civilization's supposed to have made, how can these stereotypes still play out in real life? I mean, aren't we as a species supposed to, like, evolve?? It's so pathetic -- but, sadly, not really new news. As women, we're still conditioned by society to play down the "smarts" factor -- admitedly, my very smart mother tried to drive that idea out of my head. And she was successful, to a point. But if I'm totally honest, I have to admit I do play down my more serious "intellectual" side when I meet a new guy, especially if I'm considering dating him. Ugh. It seems even worse when I say (write) it out loud!

But, and what gives me hope, is that I actually know a few (very very few) men who defeat all kinds of stereotypes -- who aren't threatened by the women in their lives, whose egos are so secure, they can handle any degree of ambition or perceived intellectual superiority.

And seriously, which losers are sitting around measuring intelligence anyway? High standardized test scores, Ivy League degrees and the like aren't really a good measure of absolute intelligence. Those things maybe influence earning potential and job opportunity. But making a lot of money does NOT directly correlate to intelligence. Trust me. And I say that as someone who thoroughly enjoyed her own Ivy League education. We're not better than you.

Well, maybe I am. But, sshhh.. I still want to be able to get dates!

6 Comments:

At 12:19 AM, Blogger sinusoidally said...

Oh Rhea, I am sure you are getting plenty of dates :-) How are you? Long time, lets meet up soon, yeah?
:-)

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger V!Aiyer said...

Aw! It is an open secret that your torrential, turbulent verbulence has caused a lot of flutter in the blogosphere.

Sin - Bull's eye..If you are sure, I am ready to make a blindfolded guess!

Sayonara,

Vinayakan

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Starfish said...

Your thanksgiving menu sounded awesome. I'm still waiting for the long-overdue e-mail with updates! BTW how I busted my knee was just plain embarassing. I fell. Down the stairs. And scared some young kids on their way to play scocer. Sigh.

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger sinusoidally said...

Lets go dancing one of these weekends, I am off this week and next!

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger Mediocretes said...

Yawn. Like we need overpriced Ivy League "studies" to tell us the obvious!

Are you ignoring me and my requests for a date because you're smarter than me? I thought we had evolved beyond all of that!

- "Anonymous"

 
At 6:54 AM, Blogger Siddharth said...

haha, who needs these "studies" anyways...they are generally a load of rubbish...

 

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