Intimidating someone bigger than you

For Natasha Hooper, the most important part of pre-date preparation isn’t getting her hair done, waxing her legs or buying a new dress.Instead, she is more preoccupied with composing a list of conversational topics which she hopes will bridge the gap between her highbrow preoccupations, and the more mainstream interests of her dates.Because, she says, of the class divide.‘The few boys I met at university came from middle-class families in which a degree was expected of them,’ she explains.‘They weren’t generally interested in their studies, whereas my degree was a big deal — I was there to learn.’She acknowledges some of her degree subjects were a bit ‘out there’ — they included gender and sexuality in Africa and reproduction in new medical technology — but adds: ‘It was hurtful that men didn’t want to talk about them.‘One date found the fact I studied from a feminist perspective offputting.On A-level results day last month, 133,280 British women aged 18 secured a university place compared with 103,800 men of the same age.The effects of this carry over into the workplace, where women aged from 22 to 29 typically now earn £1,111 more a year than their male peers.

‘The reality is that with women getting more — and better — degrees, in the next ten to 20 years women will be smarter than men, in terms of how well they’re educated.‘I’m not claiming to be Albert Einstein, but I can’t seem to meet a man I find intellectually stimulating,’ she says.Nor is she the only well-educated young woman who says she is too clever to find love.Indeed, she is one of a growing breed of women who fear — perhaps with good reason — they will be left on the proverbial shelf because of a shortage of educated men.Recent figures from the university admissions service UCAS showed that 30,000 more women than men are starting degree courses in the UK.

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  1. Now that I am married, I constantly think of my ex. I dreamed that I saw him and apologized for the way that I broke his heart and then I told him that I was leaving my husband and his face said, 'I want to be with you", but he said nothing.