Just play dumb to please the boys… (research)

A very scary prospect for those of us who teach, or have kids, or are really alive in any way…

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This research is unsettling, although the results confirm earlier research from the eighties of last century: girls feel the need to play down their intelligence to not intimidate boys, concludes Dr Maria do Mar Pereira from the University of Warwick’s Department of Sociology. Her research also found that boys aged 14 believed that girls their age should be less intelligent.

From the press release:

“There are very strong pressures in society that dictate what is a proper man and a proper woman,” argues Dr Pereira. “Young people try to adapt their behaviour according to these pressures to fit into society. One of the pressures is that young men must be more dominant -cleverer, stronger, taller, funnier — than young women, and that being in a relationship with a woman who is more intelligent will undermine their masculinity.”

To conduct the research Dr Pereira spent, with permission of the school and relevant…

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