I was having a conversation with some of my homegirls this weekend, and they brought up an observation that I found very interesting: They believe most men don’t really care about how educated a woman is when they’re choosing to date her. I found it interesting because most of these women have advanced degrees and a fair amount of experience on the dating scene, so to hear them unequivocally state that education is unimportant to most men they interact with had me extremely confused. But after really sitting down and listening to their issues, it became clear that what they were saying is simply a half-truth that didn’t reflect the full picture of how most men view dating an educated woman.
First, before delving into this topic too deeply, it should be duly noted that men oftentimes value education in their woman, as much as they value it for themselves, meaning higher-educated men tend to go for higher-educated women, and less-educated men tend to date less-educated women. But what both groups of men tend to have in common is that most guys won’t value education as a primary asset over interpersonal skills. To put it bluntly, most men would prefer to have a woman who’s a perfect partner for him, which makes her education (and even career) appear as benefits, instead of absolute necessities.