Re: this seemed appropos!

Subject: Re: this seemed appropos!
From: Digini Dorfman (
Date: Fri Jan 14 2005 - 09:12:29 EST

> A second study, which was by researchers at four
> British universities and reported last week,
> suggested that smart men with demanding jobs would
> rather have old-fashioned wives, like their mums,
> than equals. The study found that a high I.Q.
> hampers a woman's chance to get married, while it is
> a plus for men. The prospect for marriage increased
> by 35 percent for guys for each 16-point increase in
> I.Q.; for women, there is a 40 percent drop for each
> 16-point rise.

Yes. Exactly.

It seems clear to me that most of recorded history
shows marriage to be a pretty bad deal for women.
Finding a desirable situation has historically been
pretty tough.

It follows that, more than likely, a rising percentage
of women would realize this, the higher their IQ. For
an intelligent woman to find such a situation would be
increasingly difficult, the stronger her evolutionary

I'd call it simple survival. Historically, the most
powerful women have either not taken husbands, or have
chosen rather weak and ineffectual men. *Just think
of any female monarch in Europe from say 1000 AD to
2000 AD.* If they had taken the type of men who lead
nations as husbands, what power would have been left
for them?

> So was the feminist movement some sort of cruel
> hoax?

Maybe. Depends on how you look at it. Things
certainly (unfortunately) haven't gotten any better
for women. Things may have, though...
(fortunately?... unfortunately?) gotten slightly worse
for men.

The shift in power takes place not only between the
genders, but in the infrastructure of power within
society. Formerly, the top needed the men to control
the women. Now they can do it with having to go
through a 'middleman'.


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