Would you date a woman who’s much smarter than you?

Apparently men look for less bright partners


Men like clever women but don’t want to date them. A recent survey revealed men are likely to rate an intelligent woman as attractive if they had no chance of meeting her. 

We paid a visit to Old Spitalfields Market and asked 14 standard London men whether they’d date a woman who’s much more intelligent than they are.

Rory, Insurance Broker

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“Of course I would. Nothing really intimidates me, especially not intelligence. I’m not afraid of dating a smart woman.”

Alex, RBS

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“Yeah I’d date a woman who’s clever. I’ve dated people who are smarter than me before and never really had a problem.”

Raz, Barista and James, Advertising

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Raz: “Nah, no way would I date a woman who’s smarter than me. It would just get boring wouldn’t it? They’d make you feel stupid.”

James: “I would definitely date someone smarter, in fact, that’s basically what I’m looking for.”

Raz: “To be fair James you did just get made redundant, so you’ll take what you can get.”

Joe, Barber

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“Look, if there’s a click there then there’s a click there, you know what I mean? Smartness doesn’t even enter it for me.”

Cody and Jed, Bar Managers

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Cody: “It depends really. Are they smug about it?”

Jed: “If they used it as a weapon in arguments I don’t think I could hack it. I’d probably dump them.”

Cody: “If they’re not obnoxious if doesn’t matter.”

Bret, Stylist

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“It wouldn’t bother me initially, but further down the line it might cause problems.”

Chris, Brand Representative

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“I don’t consider myself very smart, but you know what? It would only be a problem if they were a dick about it.”

Anton and Simon, Tourists

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Anton: “What do you mean?”

Simon: “No, I would not do it.”

Mckenna, Student

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“It is a difficult one. You date someone for a lot of different reasons. I’m not usually in this position though. I think I would dump them if they made a deal of being much smarter than me. If not it would be OK.”

Michael, Retail

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“People’s characteristics are made up of loads of different components. Smartness is just one of them. If she had lots of other redeeming qualities smartness wouldn’t be a problem for me.”

Astradur, Chef

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“I’ve just moved here from Denmark. Are British women much more smarter or something? I think it would be ok, I’m pretty smart myself.”