“He knew what I did for a living, because I listed it on my profile.
Thus, they suggest, when a woman is nearby, some men may actually feel her competence as a threat to their masculinity, whereas this is not the case when a woman is distant. Have you, like me, seen them borne out in some situations?
It does seem to be one possible (albeit not the only) explanation for John’s behavior after meeting Sara in person.
They were then asked to rate the woman both in terms of warmth and friendliness, and in terms of how desirable they would find her as a long-term romantic partner.
Whether the subject was math or English, the men rated the woman who outperformed them as a long-term romantic partner.
Up close and personal, it appears that men prefer women who are so smart.