Science Confirms Men Are Terrified of Smart Women

A recent study to be published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’ carried out by researchers the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University, and the University of Texas, Austin has confirmed what a lot of insecure dudes never wanted to admit: we're terrified of smart women.

The Independent reports on the specifics of 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."

If you're bad at context clues and/or love skimming articles (which you do) then we'll fill in the blanks for you: basically, an overwhelming amount of the men in the study favored the women in the hypothetical scenario who showed less intelligence than the ones who were smart.

Here's the kicker: alongside feelings of "less desire to exchange contact information or plan a date" with women with high intelligence, men also felt "feelings of diminished masculinity." Haha. :(

In laymen's terms: we like big butts, but the minute a plump brain is all up in our face, we get... um, what's the opposite of sprung? That. As always, has chimed in with its equally sardonic-yet-appropriate hashtag: #MasculinitySoFragile. Like we said: haha.

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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and likes his women's brains like he likes his hot dogs: plump.