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Research teams from the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and the University of Texas at Austin studied intellectual preferences in men by presenting them with two scenarios.The first scenario told male participants a woman outperformed them in either an English or math course, and then asked them to imagine the woman as a romantic partner.Then the men were asked a series of questions based on a ranking scale.
My dad sat me down and said it’s more important for me to be smart and nice to people than it is to be pretty or popular.
He reiterated this statement the night before my first day of high school, and it’s a piece of advice I’ve carried with me since. I love the career I’m building and have a group of friends I trust and admire.
Dinner and text conversations range from recent features in the New Yorker, to the political landscape to the etymology of favorite words like the Portuguese “saudade.”Overwhelmingly, though, my female friends and I are for the most part single.
There’s been eviscerating break ups, whirlwind romances and casual dates in between. The romantic ones of the bunch attribute it to not yet finding a perfect match, while the more cynical ones say it’s the guys we’re choosing, like we have bad taste in men.
I’m more inclined to think it’s not so much bad taste in men, but a taste for the bad boys.