Marry A Smart Woman If You Want To Live Longer

Swedish scientists discovered that men married to smart women live longer, as reported in this article. The way the female author handles this fact, however, is less than heartening; she promotes the belief that men are willfully stupid creatures who would guzzle pork fat and light unsafe fires at every opportunity if their educated wives did not gently deter them from such silliness. If anything, I would think that the greater mental stimulation afforded by a smart partner would help prevent the type of brain deterioration over time that can lead to various kinds of disorders, from Alzheimer’s to dementia.

I wonder how netting an intelligent spouse benefits women–heterosexual and otherwise, as the original post seemed biased in that direction.

(or, having just run this by a male friend: “Because I’d go insane if I married a stupid woman!”)

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Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.

  • TheSpecialLadyFriend

    Do you know if there’s any research that goes the other way, as in shows that women married to smart men live longer? It doesn’t seem fair that they would benefit from our intelligence, but not vice versa. :)

  • Jeana Jorgensen

    That’s a great question, and unfortunately I’m not certain if there’s any more research on this topic from a different angle. I’ll keep an eye on it, though, and yeah, I would tend to agree that greater intelligence would benefit everyone in a relationship!

    (not that intelligence is the only important thing, or the marker of a good person, but being smart and invested in a relationship can help people refine their communication skills and problem-solving strategies, which are essential for the livelihood and health of both relationships and people!)

  • DNE

    Done and done!

  • Mens Sex Toys

    I would have to agree with the author on this one. Men are definitely less self-aware when it comes to health, behaviour and general lifestyle.
    Having an intelligent partner would spur them on to visit the doctor when they find that lump, would encourage them to be more active when they start to gain the weight, would persuade them to eat more healthily as they age.
    Having any partner would increase your chances of survival, but an intelligent partner would be more aware of the risks for themselves as well as their partner.
    I think it stands to reason that a more intelligent partner would encourage the same level of self-awareness in all these vital areas for their entire family.

  • TheSpecialLadyFriend

    Preach it, sister. :)

  • Jeana Jorgensen

    This sounds like a fortunate turn of events for all parties involved.

  • Jeana Jorgensen

    See, I kinda bristle at the notion that men are inherently less concerned with their health than women are… if anything, I would think it’s due to socialization, that men are taught over time that it’s not appropriately masculine to worry about one’s weight and appearance over time.

    But yeah, it’s completely possible that men are less into caring for their health (whether due to nature or nurture), and hence intelligent female partners are good for them. I wonder if the same is true of gay men–if the socialization to not care has hit them as hard, and it having an intelligent (male) partner also turns out to be beneficial for their health in the long-term.