Women Who Want Men to Like Them Pretend to Hate Math


Science proves that there is a reason all your female friends fake not knowing how to calculate the tip (unless, of course, they truly are terrible at calculating things — could happen!). Four new University of Buffalo studies have found that when a lady wants to be considered “romantically desirable,” she will distance herself from manly pursuits such as math, engineering, technology, and science.

Thus, the reason women are underrepresented in science and technology: They want boys to like them. Facepalm. So they feign an interest in the “feminine fields,” like arts, languages, and English, or perhaps consider those the only fields available to them. We’re socialized as such. In fact, disturbingly, women who have deviated from the gender norms and done very well in topics like math and science tend to experience backlash for such successes. Men who go into literature, say, do not experience the same problem.

Some questions with the studies, though, which in part based this finding on the “daily romantic goal strivings” women reported, and the fact that when trying to be romantic, women did less math. But who does math when they’re trying to be romantic, except for serious math-lovers? Should math even be romantic? Also, who has “daily romantic goal strivings”? (Self-help book readers, it would seem.)

Interestingly, the studies do not bring up the fact that women who pretend to be something they are not often have difficulty establishing fulfilling relationships. And also, ladies, don’t be scared of math! As a man we respect told us, “Girls who are really into science are pretty awesome, and it’s a very attractive quality. Unfortunately, you have to always live in fear of them leaving you for the next Nobel Prize winner in physics to walk through the door.”

See, times tables are hot. And never skimp on the tip, which you can totally calculate on your iPhone, easy, without breaking your fake bewildered expression.

Women’s Quest for Romance Conflicts with Scientific Pursuits [Newswise]