Intimidating women to men

uncovered a sad dichotomy when it comes to men and attraction. Men are attracted to the idea of a woman who's smarter than them, but when it comes to actually dating said woman, there's an intimidation factor that often makes them feel less attracted.The researchers conducted six studies with a group of 105 men, all measuring their levels of attraction to smart women.The men were then asked to rate their attraction to the imagined women, and the men chose women who outscored them as the more desirable partners.

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Two women in their late 20s walk into a Manhattan bar.

One, an energetic blonde named Jayne, is the cofounder of a financial technology start-up.

But as I got older, and the men I’d date started calling me intimidating as a way to weasel out of the situation we were in, I realised that the opposite sex didn’t always see intimidation as a positive thing.

And in talking to my queer friends, I found that this phenomenon seems to mainly occur in heterosexual relationships.