Now Nicole Lapin, my colleague here at CNBC, has tried to explain why smart women want to date smart men. The Gloss wanted to know why smart men were dating less intelligent women, while Lapin wrote about why smart women date smart men.
There’s obviously a missing category here: men on the left hand side of the intelligence bell-curve.
When it comes to men dating women, this means that intelligent women need to be discounted for their inherent call option.
Less intelligent women—for whom the economy provides less opportunity—don’t have the call option built in and so they don’t need to be discounted.
It’s an explosive question for a number of reasons.
First, we’re not really meant to notice these kind of gender imbalances—unless we’re lodging a grievance against “discrimination.” Second, at its heart it is about, well, matters of the heart—always a sensitive topic and one that many people cringe at exploring intellectually.
They can exit a dating relationship or a marriage in favor of concentrating on their careers.