3 January 2005

Dumb blondes crowding the altar

Dumb blonde jokes might not be PC, but a new study supports the conventional stereotype of the attractive air-head. The study found that smart women, unlike their brainy male counterparts, have a hard time getting hitched. (I suppose one alternative conclusion not considered by this study would be that smart women don't want to get married!)

LONDON (AFP) - 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 published in The Sunday Times newspaper. The study found the likelihood of marriage increased by 35 percent for boys for each 16-point increase in IQ. But for girls, there is a 40-percent drop for each 16-point rise, according to the survey by the universities of Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The study is based on the IQs of 900 men and women between their 10th and 40th birthdays. "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," said psychologist and professor at Nottingham University Paul Brown in The Sunday Times.

Claire Rayner, writer and broadcaster, said in the article that 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."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"'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,' said psychologist and professor at Nottingham University Paul Brown in The Sunday Times."

Ouch!

Er, FTR, I think there are plenty of interesting men out there. I just haven't been sold on getting married. Besides, I can't abide the chicken dance.

--Sheelzebub

Cosa Nostradamus said...

I like the idea of a nice big brood animal at home, and some bright, cheeky young things out in the fun fun world!

(On the other hand, this explains why the population is growing, but the IQ is shrinking... Result: DUBYA!!!

Karlo said...

Actually, IQ scores keep going up on average. Dubya's one of those sad outliers.