Girls feel they must ‘play dumb’ to please boys, study shows

Girls feel the need to play down their intelligence to not intimidate boys, concludes research by a sociologist. The research also found that boys aged 14 believed that girls their age should be less intelligent. “There are very strong pressures in society that dictate what is a proper man and a proper woman,” argues the researcher. “Young people try to adapt their behavior according to these pressures to fit into society. One of the pressures is that … being in a relationship with a woman who is more intelligent will undermine (males’) masculinity.”

Click here to read the summary of the research at Science Daily.