Who knew masculinity could be so fragile?
Studies by the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and the University of Texas, showed that men felt diminished feelings of masculinity and decreased attraction towards women who outperformed them.
For the study, 105 men were first read a hypothetical scenario involving a woman who either outperformed or underperformed them in a Maths or English course and then made to imagine them as a romantic partner.
Women who outscored them were marked as most desirable partners, stating that men formed favourable impressions and showed greater interest in women who displayed more intelligence than themselves.
However, when men were asked if they would date said women in real life, the men backtracked. They distanced from them, and the tendency was to mark them as less attractive, as well as showing less desire to contact them or invite them out on a date.
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Source: Independent / Telegraph