Do Guys Actually Reject Girls Because They’re Intimidated by Them?

It’s pretty hard to take the sting out of being rejected by a guy after a month or so of semi-serious dating, especially when the signs seemed to be indicating a reasonable likelihood of success. Sadly, I find myself in this situation a little too often, so by now I’ve got a system for dealing with my hurt feelings and bruised ego in the immediate wake of being rejected. It typically involves a great deal of drunken analysis, the focus of which is to compile a list of non-threatening answers to the question—“Why didn’t he want me?”—and I’ve had a lot of success with this approach for the past couple of years. Until recently, that is, since I’ve started to notice an alarming trend:

In three of my last four rejections, I concluded that the guy ended things with me because I intimidated him.

I call this trend “alarming” because I usually consider it delusional to blame a guy’s lack of interest on intimidation. “He was just intimidated by your awesomeness!” is a phrase that I’ve always thought of as the battle cry for cheesy, brainless girls who are totally lacking in any charming or marketable attributes whatsoever. You know, the kinds of girls who think they’re coming across as totally hot and athletic when they post a Facebook status update about going to the gym, notwithstanding the fact that they’re 15 pounds overweight and probably consumed more calories in Smart Water than they burned on the elliptical (while flipping through the pages of Us magazine, of course). The type who is practically the poster child for He’s Just Not That Into You used to seem to me to be the most likely to over- and misuse the excuse of intimidation when consoling herself in the face of heartbreak.

However, now that I’ve come to the repeated conclusion that intimidation played a role in my recent failed dating endeavors, I feel like maybe I should rethink my stance—especially because in all of those cases that explanation seemed completely likely and totally logical. Therefore, I would like to figure out whether it is factually possible for a guy to reject a girl on the ground that she intimidated him. I mean, it seems like there should be some very basic science pertaining to this issue, no?

Look, don’t get me wrong. There remains an overwhelming abundance of support for the proposition that guys like girls who are hot, smart, awesome, and fun to hang out with, such that they will remain in relationships with girls who they believe meet those criteria and will reject those who don’t. It’s that simple—except, of course, when it isn’t.

Take my very last rejection, for example. Everything about me matched up perfectly with what this guy was looking for. We had genuinely similar interests and there was palpable chemistry between us. Not to mention, every time he brought me around his friends, one or two of them would pull me aside and tell me what a great girl I was and that they were glad he was dating someone like me. I was literally convinced that I was the perfect girl for him.

Then he abandoned me without any explanation. And after analyzing every single second of our interaction at least 100 times, I really can’t come up with anything that makes any sense other than the fact that I was perfect for him—too perfect, in fact. So perfect that it freaked him out. The problem, though, is that I can’t quite pinpoint why it would be scary for a guy to be with an awesome girl.

I realize this isn’t something I’m going to be able to solve in one sitting. But I’m hoping that it isn’t a delusional myth to assume that sometimes a guy leaves a girl not because she isn’t awesome, but rather because she is awesome and that scares him.

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98 Comments

  1. BL1Y

    April 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

    “every time he brought me around his friends, one or two of them would pull me aside and tell me what a great girl I was and that they were glad he was dating someone like me.”

    If his friends are telling you that they’re happy you two are dating, it’s because his typical girlfriends are genuine psychopaths. The fact that you ever dated means that he saw the same crazy streak in you, and he left because he’s probably getting back together with some crazy ex from his past.

    Or, they think he’s gay, and he broke up with you because he is gay.

    • LSH

      April 18, 2012 at 2:56 am

      Agree with BL1Y. Probably gay. His loss.

  2. Lawyer Lemon Meringue

    April 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I can relate. Love sucks, and it sucks being awesome. However, it is indeed a blessing to be smart and beautiful, which I am sure you are! Hang it there, as your Prince will come. It only takes one pitch to hit a homerun you know. Wait a minute. Perhaps, I should take my own advice…

    • sveta

      September 3, 2012 at 6:35 am

      So awesome!

  3. southern bitter

    April 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    first of all, i have heard this excuse before myself. granted, the one guy in question was a total r@tard (I’m talking GED stupid) while I, on the other hand, was in law school, but I digress….

    Why does there have to be a reason? Maybe he just didn’t feel the spark. Attraction is special because you don’t have it with everyone, and there is not always an objective reason that someone does or does not like you. Haven’t you ever tried to date someone simply because they had all of the great qualities you’re looking for, even though there wasn’t a spark? It doesn’t work out. If it’s not there, it’s not there. That’s all there is to it. On to the next.

    Or, call up one of his friends, have some cocktails, throw your morals to the wind, and get some revenge.

    • Maecenas

      June 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Your classification of people with GEDs as stupid is incredibly ignorant.
      And I can’t help but mention that using the word retard in a derogatory context is offensive to people with mental disabilities. Perhaps you didn’t know that.

  4. NCLawyer

    April 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Maybe he thought you were perfect as a wife, and he wasn’t ready to get married, so he froze

    That said, i was once told by a good friend that i was pretty ann smart and blah blah blah but “you’re complicated. I think I need someone simpler.” Keep in mind this was a fellow law student, not some random schmuck met on a speed date.

    If you’re willing to settle just to have a baby and/or beat some arbitrary milestone (25, 30, 35, 40, whatever), you can probably find some like-minded professional with the same goals. If you’re looking for chemistry, accept the fact that it may take years. If you’re just looking for sex…well, you’re a woman, all you have to do is lower your standards for 5 minutes.

  5. NCLawyer

    April 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    and yes my typi8ng is terrible

  6. Michelle Beth

    April 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    All the women in my tiny law firm are old and/or unattractive. None of us is in this insurmountable predicament of being awesome and perfect. I feel for you, LF10.

    I am sure Ellen, being a law beauty, has the same problem as you do. Though it is not enough to make her to want me to be frank with her.

    FOOEY on Ellen.

  7. Hoya

    April 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I, also, was told by a fellow law student that I am “too complicated.” But he married someone simpler and is now divorced. Which means… I have no idea.

  8. Michelle Beth

    April 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    BTW, LF10, How were you literally convinced that you were the perfect girl for him. Did he put it in writing? And then rescinded? It really sucks to be you, poor girl.

  9. Ellen

    April 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    As a fellow beauty, I can relate. Men are intemidated by my look’s and often do NOT approach me. As a result, only the schlubs aproach me. Ugh.

  10. Ellen

    April 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    If I could find a truly attractive legal woman, I would not shy away from her. There have been too many times that I wish I was able to meet a truly attractive woman, but it is my experience that the available ones all make Rosie O’Donnell look like Miss America. Now I am also the first to admit I am not Brad Pitt, but I do have a law degree and a good job, so I should not have to settle for an unattractive sow, even if she is a member of the bar.

  11. QUADOZ

    April 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I don’t know what profession has more social retards… Lawyers or Doctors. Clueless, friggin’ clueless.

    • Carolina

      March 23, 2014 at 2:16 am

      it’s doctors! they use the word ‘difficult’ rather than complicated as they enjoy thinking they themselves are complicated!

    • Corner

      December 18, 2014 at 12:53 am

      As a doctor who is married to a NYC lawyer, I have to say the medical profession (specifically doctors) has more social retards than the legal profession (specifically lawyers) – by leaps and bounds. After all, doctors spent the majority of crucial young adult years with their noses in books and allowing themselves to be broken down and rebuilt all to fit a specific cookie cutter. Making it through that creates a league of doctors who lost out on developing social skills throughout pretty much their whole decade of 20’s yet at the same time think they’re so, so, so awesome because they made it through the mind-grind without getting a psychological schism. In other words, they think their sh*t doesn’t stink AND deserve to be lauded just for existing. Lawyers, on the other hand, aren’t broken down as hard in school, but they receive a fair amount of kicks and punches by life esp once they’re out. Yes, in school there’s the hazing, the Socratic method, and fierce competition…but once you are out of school, you’re on your own (esp. if you didn’t go to a decent law school or aren’t a networker). Law school doesn’t teach you how to navigate the legal system, courts, red tape, etc. Law students/recent law grads don’t get at least 3 years of legal training in courts like medical students/residents do in hospitals. A savvy lawyer learns to navigate the legal system on their own or has his mind open to learning how from a mentor or organization/firm. That gives them much more social skill than a typical doctor now-a-days who relies on decision management systems to determine a diagnosis, because heaven forbid they actually utilize the 4 years of medical school knowledge, 3-7 years of clinical training, and the thought savvy they can gain from damned medical licensing examsssss. Having said that, I do love seeing the two together – for a lawyer can pull the wool over the eyes of the smartest doctors because doctors are in AWE of lawyers. By the same token, lawyers are just so vulnerable in a doctor’s hands when they think they’re sick with something serious… and they think they could never do what it takes to become a doctor. And it’s true. It takes a special person to allow “the institution” to mind-f*ck you till you become…one of t-h-e-m. Takes a special kind of social retard to be mind-f*cked is oooh, such a great thing.

      • Corner

        December 18, 2014 at 12:53 am

        Holy cow, that was an unnecessarily long and analytical reply. See, I just proved myself. Dammit!

  12. Southern Lawyer

    April 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I had the same exact problem. I ended up marrying a fellow lawyer that I met in law school. Caveat, most of the guys I met in law school of the type described in your article, so when I met one that was not that way, I knew immediately that he was special.

    The same has been true for most of my friends. All the happily married lady lawyers I know are married to other lawyers or at least other professionals. I think it helps when the guy has gone through school with some other crazy smart women.

  13. A

    April 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Men are simple – we are attracted to youth and beauty. Intimidation is a nonstarter. Look up hypergamy sometime if you want to understand your female psychology when it comes to mate selection. When a woman acquires degrees and social standing, her perception of her own attractiveness goes through the roof. Her dating pool shrinks because she deems fewer men sufficiently attractive. She feels entitled to a higher status man, even though her degrees and salary do nothing to inspire boners with any more fervor than before when she was younger hotter and tighter. The men LF10 is attracted to are the type who have options – options to choose women on the right side of 30. Options to choose women with a sweet feminine personality. Too perfect? Too intimidating? No way. A man wants a wife, not a coworker.

    • Matrix Architect

      February 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Roissy? Lolz

    • Nope

      September 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I direct motion pictures in Hollywood and am female, and I can directly refute your bullshit with absolute evidence.

      Males brag about me, my career and what I do all the time, and it’s gotten me more cock than you and an entire football team will ever possess.

      Ya wrong bra.

      • You are not Distinguishing

        October 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        You need to distinguish between “getting cock” and “getting a committed, long-term guy who thinks of you as wife-material.” Many women make the common mistake of thinking that just because they can “get guys” (meaning guys find them attractive and want to sleep with them) it means whatever she has going for her (career, looks, etc.) is working. The pool of women a guy will sleep with is astronomically more massive than the pool of women a guy would be willing to marry. Plus, “bragging about” bagging women is pretty typical guy behavior, and of course if the woman is someone “important” or “important sounding” the guy will want to play up that notch on his belt. It doesn’t at all mean it correlates with wanting a relationship with the woman.

      • UncleElmer

        November 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        That is disturbing. I will support his claims with absolute evidence :

        http://www.the-spearhead.com/2012/02/20/a-man-wants-a-wife-not-a-co-worker

  14. evil lawyer

    April 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oh please:

    No guy drops a woman because she is intimidating. There is a lot of wattage in pounding an intelligent women into the sheets. Intelligent woman are easier to get along with: they tend to want to do things and not just talk them to death.

    He dropped you because: (a) you were not putting out; (b) the relationship was too much work–too many unwritten rules he was supposed to know, too many restrictions all at once, etc. and it stressed him out.

    Its just harder after school to get a fix on people because the constant contact isn’t there. Move on.

    • Guano Dubango

      April 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

      I would take an intelligent female lawyer who is fertile and beautiful over a normal fertile beauty, but the key is fertility. All will soon wither, so it’s important to get them while they can still mate.

      • Corner

        December 18, 2014 at 1:04 am

        Your comment, Guano Dubango, makes me cringe because the truth of it. At least in NYC, almost all men from age 20 – 80 all want the air-headed 21 year old. 21 is old enough to get into bars/buy alcohol yet is still relatively naive, esp. if she’s a bubble-head and/or drunk. Let’s not forget the way some men think: that even with having sex with a new man every day, a 21 y/o vagina has had less penis in her than a 22 year old, who potentially could have had 365 more penile experiences. Penis envy. Cock competition. Could make even the most virile of penises engorged with Viagra shrivel and shrink.

    • Michelle

      April 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      This.

      Although why any woman would want to date / marry an attorney is beyond me. The comments here and on ATL should be sufficient display of why, exactly, that is a horrible idea.

      You can find nicer, more socially adept, less misogynistic guys …. well, everywhere. Move on.

      • Ellen

        April 24, 2012 at 6:24 am

        I agree with these coments. FOOEY!

    • MaybeI'mATerriblePerson

      February 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Actually, it IS possible for a guy to be so intimidated… I’ve been there. I was with a girl who really was everything I could ask for, and I still miss her every time I see her. But I was stupid, and scared, and, yes: INTIMIDATED by her. The cold truth is that us guys are stupid and immature at any age, and some of us can be very lacking in self-esteem, thereby creating the perfect conditions for doing something we will come to regret due to feelings that we will never be good enough for a girl. Maybe this is what happened with you ladies, maybe not. My point is: Yes. It is within the realm of possibility. I may only be 21, but guys are guys. Believe me, we’re terrified some times!

  15. Bitter 2L

    April 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I wouldn’t reject a girl because she is too “intimidating.”

    I would, however, reject a girl whose ego was out of control. Or a girl delusional enough to actually think that the reason guys are rejecting her is that she is simply “too perfect” for them and they just can’t handle her level of awesome.

    Hope that helps with your question!

    • Hahaha please

      September 29, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Successful story for sure, bro.

      And that’s why he’s called Bitter :)

  16. The Northwest 2L

    April 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’ve been trying to come up with a delicate way to put this, but I really can’t, so I’m just going to lay it all out there.

    Yes, sometimes a guy will end a relationship because he is intimidated by the woman (though it’s more common, in my experience, that he’s intimidated by the _relationship_ and not by the _woman_), but it’s not common enough to be the reason for most of a woman’s “failed dating endeavors” assuming reasonable care in the woman’s selection of partners for those “dating endeavors.”

    If a woman is finding that she’s repeatedly dating men whom she feels are “intimidated” by her (and not by the relationship, which I’ll get to later), then the root problem is likely not to be the men themselves, but rather something in the woman’s personality that is leading her to date men who are beneath her level of achievement and drive. In short, this really can only crop up with regularity if the woman’s level of confidence falls significantly below her level of competence.

    What I find more common (speaking for myself only) is getting intimidated by the relationship, which doesn’t have really anything to do with the woman’s career or ability. A good relationship encourages both parties to grow and to change, even when neither party is actively attempting to make the other person change. If someone has been single for a long time, the realization that they are changing can be disconcerting and there can be doubts about their ability to continue moving in the direction that the relationship is subtly nudging them. It’s important to note that this isn’t related to the partner directly; it can happen regardless of the relative successes and capabilities of the partners and is driven by the closeness of the relationship.

    All that said, being intimidated by the relationship isn’t something that can happen within a month or two. Until you’re out of a relationship’s “honeymoon phase” (usually around six months) there’s really not much opportunity to know the other person very well at all, let alone knowing how (or even whether) the relationship is changing you, so if things keep fizzling only a month or two in, there’s not much chance that guys are getting intimidated by the relationship in your case.

    Overall, I think it’s more likely (statistically, I don’t know enough to comment on you with much specificity at all) that you’ve simply started “dating down” a bit and aren’t being as choosy about the guys you’re going out with. That would increase the chances that some of them are indeed intimidated by your level of competence. Of course, there’s also the possibility that they are recognizing the discrepancy between your competence (high) and confidence (lower) and are subtly worried about that trait.

    • michelle beth

      April 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Say what???

      What retard would over analyze the hell out of anything LF10 wrote to the extent you did? You need to go get a life, or hook up with Ellen/Guano Dubango.

      • Guano Dubango

        April 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        I do NOT wish to “hook up” with this woman. I fear that I could lose my member if this one gets feisty.

        • houdini

          August 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

          hahahha!!

    • A

      April 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Wrong. Her hypergamy leads her to pursue men ABOVE her who have options and that is why they do not want to be tied down to an aging masculinized “woman”. Intimidation does not factor in any way

    • evil lawyer

      April 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

      I remember you! Last seen in Animal House singing, “I gave my love a chicken, that had no bone…” I bet you have tedious journals at home filled with this —this stuff–too.

      • The Northwest 2L

        May 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

        I think you’re overestimating the seriousness of my reply. Thirty seconds of “analysis” and 10 minutes of writing hardly constitutes anything I’d attempt to call deep thought. Also, the closest thing I’ve ever had to journals are the maintenance record notes I keep in the back of my bike’s Clymer manual. ;-)

    • Jazmin

      January 31, 2013 at 4:55 am

      I understand exactly what you are saying.

    • Corner

      December 18, 2014 at 1:12 am

      There is credence to what N2L is saying. Key is, LF10, why are they intimidated by you a few dates into the relationship and not on the first date?

  17. Nonyo Beeswax, Ph.D

    April 27, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Hmm, why can’t I seem to find the woman who might intimidate me? The only one who has (and frankly, she could probably intimidate George St. Pierre, but she’s awesome like that) said I was too ugly. Yeah, ouch. Doctorate, (Microbiology Baylor University), former soldier, excellent physical fitness, sense of humor only a few degrees short of professional comedian, but ugly. Wish I had your problem!

    • Guano

      July 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      If you are fertile, look me up!

  18. Beth

    May 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I actually googled something to the extent of “why guys reject hot girls” and your blog came up. I just had to throw in some support.

    I am a very attractive, intelligent, well-spoken woman who recently was lied to by a guy in my gym who I would catch eye-f*cking my from across the room for a year. He was always respectful to me, so whenI asked him out and he told me he was seeing someone, I accepted it. Then I found out a week later that he was showing off how he rejected me to boys ten years younger than him.

    It just doesn’t make sense. If if a guy is obviously sexually attracted to you, wouldn’t he at least try to go on a date and have sex with you? I agree with your theory on intimidation, but I also wonder if this boy I used to sweat was sexually confused. Maybe it was a combination of both.

  19. lemon cookies

    June 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I really tend not to buy the “he was intimidated by me” excuse, no matter who the woman is. I understand having confidence and realizing that you’d be a catch for many guys (sure I think I’m good looking, intelligent, good-natured etc etc). However, I also realize that you never know what certain qualities you have that will irk certain people, while the same qualities may not even bother others (everybody has random pet peeves, and no matter how awesome you are, like everyone else are surely far from perfect.) I also realize that despite being regarded as conventioanlly “attractive,” many many men may recognize that you attractive without necessarily being attracted to you, if that makes sense. Not the same thing.
    So basically what I’m saying: there was probably simply something about you he found out he didn’t like. Doesn’t mean you’re not attractive, intelligent, and many other desirable things.

  20. baubo

    July 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I’m going through something similar. They will be in awe of our compatability, have fun, tell me I’m their soulmate, tell me I’m beautiful and sexy–and then refuse to sleep with me as they profess their undying attraction to me. It’s completely bizarre and I can find no reason for it. It is driving me a bit crazy. The one thing I’ve discovered, as I peruse way too many dating books/sites, is that “men are hunters.” Their egos like to work for things, and any time we “give it away”–sex, attention–we lose value in their eyes. This depresses me as I want to feel like a woman, not a gazelle.

    • Marcus P.

      October 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Baubo-once you humble yourself relax and go with flow of attraction, you will be more happy. I am a man and I do like challenges but if you want special time with me then just like you have to be won so do I. There are 2x as many women on the earth as men so don’t be mad at me if I let you go when you and I start to not work out due to your pride or mine. As time goes on you will win me over but I don’t have to go off your time frame of how we are supposed to bond or get closer. The elevated pride all of you have is turning you angry which you need to watch out for, your gonna end up like that lonely rich lady in office who has young men fuck toys cause no man wants to be her guy.

  21. TareBear

    August 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I went through a similar situation. The man I was talking to for a few months seemed to like everything about me. I am not intimidating at all, at least that’s what people tell me…or maybe everyone around me is simply more intimidating. Anyway, I am a soon-to-be-lawyer while he had a very humble, low-paying job. This did not bother me as he was following his passion, but I guess it bothered him. All I liked was that he was attractive, had very good morals and was fun. He still told his friends that I was too intimidating and is now dating a dumb bimbo who is equally comparable in looks to me. She has a reputation for not having a mind of her own though. I agree with one of the comments above that if the spark isn’t there, it just isn’t there. Intimidation alone won’t ruin something, but I can’t help feeling like it did here. It stinks but oh well. Someday my prince will come.

    • Frank

      August 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Sis, no self respecting dude wants to put up with a know it all unless she looks like Charlize Theron and humps like a bunny on demand. Now I am sure you are a decent lass and will not be a washout in the sack but keep in mind that all other things being equal (as you seem to admit), the dude will go for the passive woman who won’t argue or nitpick him to death. And for the women who are not visually competitive, ya all have to become sexual black belts and wear your fella’s dick off with every orifice as much as the dude can handle. And for Gawd sake stay clean downstairs if you want to land and keep a dude. Having a law degree don’t mean squat if you stink downstairs.

    • Michelle

      September 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      If he had good morals, I doubt he’s dating a “bimbo”.

  22. Lorelei

    August 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I am a law student in a happy relationship with a man 5 years younger. I am pregnant and I am 30 years old. I am a beautiful woman and no idiot is going to tell me I’m ”infertile” and old just because I have passed my 29th year. Get real, ”A’ and stop your proselytising.

  23. Heather

    September 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I just found this article since I’m sitting home trying to figure out why Mr. I-Thought-Was-Right told me he is confused about his feelings and has to think things over. It’s funny to me to find this article on a lawyer website since I’m a lawyer too, and basically, I held exactly the same viewpoint that the line “men are intimidated by you”is used by unattractive, plain girls. Now that I’m in my mid-30s and *STILL* single, in the past year I’ve had 3 3-month relationships end with the guy telling me how great and wonderful I am, but they just feel that they “can’t give me what I deserve.” Of course, the subconscious part of me that I am horrible and unlovable believes that this line is BS, and that they just want to date someone “better” than me. A growing part of me, though, thinks there is something unattractive to men about women who are professionally successful. It’s not that they are “intimidated” — it’s that they are emasculated. They feel rendered useless. They feel less powerful. I actually decided after my last failed relationship (with a teacher) to only date men 5-10 years older than me who make the same or more money than me. Mr. Confused is my first foray into this type of guy (though he is only 2 years older than me), and even he said that he felt uncomfortable around me because I’m a “big corporate lawyer” and “very classy” and “really really pretty.” I think men need to feel they can take care of a woman in order to feel manly, and most guys just don’t think they can take care of a lawyer who is clearly ok on her own.

  24. Michelle

    September 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I say the following with humility, because I am a single female attorney and one of my married female attorney friends and her husband told me what’s going on. Your article showed a real lack of self-understanding. The truth is that you have spent a life-time getting kudos for being smart and “winning”, so you tend to think showing how smart and successful you are will impress men, too. It won’t and it doesn’t, and that’s not because you “intimidate” them. It’s because men want kind women, not competitors. Practicing law makes us hard, aggressive, and sometimes cuttingly sarcastic. All of those are massive turn offs for men. You have to change. You can, and it takes humility. You can also be proud and keep blaming the men . . . and end up like a lot of my 50-something single friends. I do wish you the best. Cultivate feminity. Become kinder and more nurturing. Men need feminite women, just like we need masculine men. Without realizing it, we female attorneys have taken on a lot of masculine qualities, and they much us the equivalent of an effeminate metro sexual. You know, the guys who say women don’t like them b/c they are intimidated by the guy’s beauty. We truly are that dilusional. You can change. Talk to your grandmother or your great aunts about men, their generation understood the sexes — and they all got married and stayed marrie.

    • weazi

      October 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Pay attention, ladies. This woman knows what she is talking about.

    • Muzammil

      January 26, 2013 at 5:10 am

      Michelle, you summed it up in its entirety. Thank you.

    • Corner

      December 18, 2014 at 1:25 am

      Michelle, you said it so much more eloquently that I could put it and it’s very sound. In blunt, somewhat aggressive, sarcastic terms, I would say that men are intimidated by women like LF10 because they feel like she has bigger balls than they do. You know how sensitive men are about their parts… Men have sensitive egos and finding a woman who they feel can call their bluff makes them want to hide under a rock.

      But, Michelle, the kind of change you are suggesting to LF10 is very difficult. It would take years to reverse the programmed rewarding she got for being smart and winning. Some women aren’t born to be cooing kittens either. Acting the part would be as fake as a peroxide blonde – at worst ugly, at best unnatural.

      LF10’s best bet is to start dating the right guys. She needs the right kind of man who has confidence in who he is enough to allow her to be the woman she is, be it a woman who can wear the pants if need be.

  25. Jerry

    September 24, 2012 at 1:51 am

    This Michelle has got it right. We don’t like it when some women act like men with a va-jay-jay.

  26. FloraAustin

    October 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Hey,I rili agree wit u…guys re intimidated by a girl’s awesomeness..buh hw sure re u that u were awesome…U re beautiful nd attractive,quite understandable buh dat may hav been the only reason he asked u out nd u weren’t smart enough to find out he didnt rili luv u…he just wantd 2 show u off to his frnds…As it seems,mayb u didnt hav d great personality to make him stay so try findin ways to improve ur personality instead of making urself feel better wit ur assumptions…Yes,guys re intimidated by awesome girls,buh dat does nt scare them away,it makes them more interested in her nd luv her more…It makes him become a better guy so he wont have to lose her,buh awesomeness cant make a guy leave u…it hardly ever happens dear…guys love girls for their personality nd nt looks,so havin good looks dosent make u automatically an awesome person….THANKS

    • Jerry

      October 19, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Dude, men don’t go for women just because of their twats! They go for them if they are feminine. Just having lady parts is not gonna cut it with a guy these days, and if your not “fresh” below the belt, FORGET IT!

  27. weazi

    October 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Is it really any surprise to these women that men do not want them? Ladies… it’s really easy, if you’re interested in your career, it’s a sure sign that you will not be as interested in family. As a man, it’s important to me to find a woman who is not a workaholic, and who does not value herself by her career. It’s not that we are intimidated by you, it’s more that we are slightly disgusted.

    My anecdotal evidence shows that women who think men are intimidated by them, actually want men to be intimidated by them, so naturally this will play out into how you treat your partner. We have an entire generation of women who were raised to believe that they must compete with men and in most cases lead men. So again, we are not intimidated by you, but you exude entitlement, and when you make the relationship or family all about you and your happiness, it’s no surprise that you will turn off most men, and you will be left with weak men (who you won’t be happy with) that you can boss around, because that’s what you obviously need to suit your personality. You need a man to boss around, but you hold a conflicting thought in your head that you don’t want that type of man.

    So in closing, it’s not men that are the problem, it’s your personality. Change yourself, drop the pompous “I did it on my own” princess attitude, and you’ll be surprised how attractive you become to men.

    • Marcus P.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Amen weazi, worded perfectly. Hit the ego with th bottom line truth! In hitch the last scene when Eva mendez tries to word catch saying ” I heard every word you trick women into..” He cuts off the bull shit to say” into getting out of thier own way so ” blah blah you get the point. Most women and men put themselves in their own prison and wonder why me.

      • Louis

        November 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

        Agreed. After a long day at work, the last thing a guy needs is to come home to some loud mouth argumentative beeotch. The fact that she has lady parts is not even relevant if she keeps yapping at you to do things when you just want a rest.

        I say a dame has to be feminine and attractive, and quiet to be a good match for a hard working lawyer, who just wants a little peace and quiet when he gets home. He does NOT, repeat NOT want some brassy dame who want’s to go out and be entertained. I say to that woman, shut up.

        • Sienna

          November 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          Geez man, are you a serial killer or just a plain ol’ misogynist? Creepy, very creepy.

          And I don’t see how your plot to inflict pain on random women could work the way you describe. Women have strong radar when it comes to violent, hateful men like you; it’s impossible to hide.

    • Jenny

      January 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Yeah! Listen to this obviously-still-single-cant-get-a-girl-know-it-all! Just change your ENTIRE personality to maybe make yourself more appealing to him!

      That way you can stay at home and cook dinner for him while he’s out at work, needing complete power over a woman to feel comfortable. Are you sure THATS the kind of guy you want? One that doesn’t have enough security and self confidence to deal with his wife having a job, and the opportunity to leave him? If he needs his woman to have an inability to leave, it must be a pretty unhappy situation to be with him.

      This is total BS. Most of the male lawyers in my law firm are married to other female lawyers.

      • weazi

        January 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

        Bitter? Hahah…. darling, I’m anything but bitter and I’m not single, I have a very lovely, respectful woman. I’m realistic. You know what that is? Well, if your personality sucks, it probably needs some changing, so don’t blame it on me.

        She does not stay at home and cook, she has a job, we cook for each other, she’ll tell me she feels like one of my meals, then I’ll tell her another night that I feel like one of hers, or *gasp* we’ll go out to eat. I don’t have any more power over her than she has over me, and that’s the way I like it. We are partners, do you know what a partner is? I have no idea where you get off saying that I don’t want her working. First off, she’s just my girlfriend, and secondly if she was my wife and was not working, I would definitely expect her to be at home raising the family, and I don’t think I’d be out of line to think that. You don’t just get a free-ride in life for being a woman. You have to pull your weight too.

        You are obviously an obnoxious brat. One of those women who thinks every man in the world is trying to control you. Just by the way you phrase your sentences, I can tell you would be an intolerable person to live with.

        I want a woman with the right priorities (what I think is right). I want a woman that will put her family before work, that will put her family before material possessions. Honestly, Jenny… it’s sad that you consider cooking food for someone being controlled. How pathetic and sad. This right there is the reason you do not have a boyfriend or a husband. You are most likely incapable of love and being kind to other human beings unless you know you’ll get something in return… that must be lonely. You are very telling in your response too… “the opportunity to leave him”? Does this mean you do not think I have the opportunity to leave her? Or wait… it’s probably that she is so damn special and beautiful and smart and talented that I would never want to leave her. Is that it? Well if you would look up at the message you just responded to, this is exactly the type of princess behavior and self-love that I just told you turns men off. How can you love someone else if you are in love with yourself first? You understand?

        In short, stop being a selfish bitch, and you’ll probably find a guy.

  28. Jack

    November 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    LOL. I do this. I want the pretty women to feel the sting and sadness of rejection the way I did whenever i would try to get to know one. Fuck them–waltzing through life thinking everybody owes them everything because their faces are symmetrical. But today, i will target one–the prettiest fucking bitch I can find. Then i’ll wine her and dine her and make her think I’m her Prince Charming. And then i will ditch the cunt. Boom. Just like that. No calls, no texts, bitch, i don’t even know you. And the harder they cry with their perfect hair, makeup and wardrobe, the harder I laugh at them. Fuck ‘em. Feel the sting. Feel the pain. Feel the embarassment. Feel like there’s something really wrong with you and no one will EVER love you. HA HA HA HA HA HA! I love it.

    • Jerry

      November 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Dude you are a little too bitter. Women will never part their legs for a guy who is not sincere unless they are bombed. You don’t want to hump a broad who is comatose do you? The last thing you need is for her to throw up on you when you expect a BJ from her but you do the maneuvering of your pecker not her. A woman must be awake and attentive to properly service you orally. Learn that lesson now or you will be covered in her bitter puke or worse should she inadvertantly bite down. Oh my god!

    • Jenny

      January 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Why in the world would one random dude who a girl went on one or two dates with ever have the ability to affect a girl like that?

      First of all, its incredibly unlikely that you can get these girls to go out with you. Second of all, even if you did – believe me – they have gained enough self confidence throughout their lives that one bitter little boy like you isn’t going to have the slightest impact on them.

      It’s creepy that you think you have that much power. This is obviously something you’ve completely created in your head. You should think about talking to a therapist.

      • Larry

        January 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        Some women think clearer after they’ve been boned. Others don’t.

  29. Sha

    November 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    From the comment you made about other women you sound alil stuck up. And how fun are you really? Did you make him laugh are you interesting did you make him think. Did he get to talk about his self or was it all about you

  30. Abbyds

    January 10, 2013 at 3:41 am

    I used to think that sometimes men would reject me or ignore me from shyness or intimidation. I am not an overly confident woman, but I was over-estimating my attractiveness. The fact is that I am not beautiful, and I only realized this when I saw some photographs of myself. It is painful to admit that the man you want so badly is just not interested. He may stare at you in the gym or at work but chances are he is just bored, thinking of sex and oblivious to how he is making you feel. He may blush when you talk to him, because he senses your interest. But you will not mistake the signs if he really wants to know you. Quite simply he will risk rejection to let you know it.

    • JayGameCock

      January 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      A confident man will want a confident woman. What reasons do you have to NOT be confident? Don’t be so hard on yourself! I think your lower energy is possibly attracting the wrong type of guy. Maybe you are going after players…. Those types will never love you and treat you with the kind of compassion and respect you deserve. Yes, we guys will stare… As a matter of fact every time (most males) meet a new woman within a certain age range (say 18-50) and they find her slightly attractive they are thinking what it would be like to have sex with this woman. This is just the way it is. But there are also many guys who value connection and loyalty above something ephemeral and they will always love you.

  31. Precious921

    January 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Hello… It is crazy I found this site because I have been told that I am imtimidating looking by some of my guy friends and it drives me crazy and i just dont know why.. I hope there is not a problem talking in this site because I am not a lawyer but have worked with lawyers so its not just the profession.. I am not stuffy and a great since of humor along with looking pretty good but never conceited.. So whats my issue cuz I just dont get it..smh

    • Allen

      January 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      If you are cute, take your top off and send in a picture. Without that, you may just be a bovine.

    • JayGameCock

      January 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Could be a lot of things… Do you have a pretty face, attractive body, and a good personality… These are all the best qualities…. There is something else… something you are not seeing because we cannot see these things like others can…. Maybe you have a hard look on your face and don’t realize it? Maybe some of your natural traits come off as fine to you but others view them as intimidating? Are you African American?

      • Henry

        January 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

        If she’s cute, just bone her, and don’t ask questions. Chances are you are not going to marry her so just get as much sex out of her orifi as you can before she realizes you are a douche.

  32. EJLaw

    January 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I actually had a similar situation when I first met my ex-girlfriend. She was attractive, very intelligent, cool as hell (honestly, one of the coolest girls I’ve ever met, EVER), and…RICH. I’d say I had all these qualities as well, but since I was a dumbass and went to law school and decided to work for Countrywide right before the big bank crash, I graduated law school in huge debt and without a job. So, I was intimidated by the fact that she seemed to have life together much better than me. And the intimidation led to feeling somewhat emasculated. And I think that’s where it’s hard for high-powered women with a lot of horsepower. As men, it’s in our nature to want to be the protector. And when we feel we’re not only unable to do that, but that OUR WOMAN is actually in a better position to take care of us…it’s actually quite overwhelming. A MAJOR hit to the ego. I’d say it’s an issue of emasculation. But, with that said, I actually developed the best relationship in the world with my ex. We broke up for other reasons, but are still extremely good friends (I’d consider her one of my best friends.) And I came to terms with these initial feelings of inferiority because I found that I was able to fulfill my masculine roles in many other ways – her financial needs were MORE than sufficiently met, but I was there for her emotionally; I lived very far away, but always made it a priority to see her, etc. So I guess my point is that it definitely isn’t a deal-breaker when you’re intimidated by the girl. Actually, that’s the kind of girl I’m trying to find. But it takes a great deal of confidence, self-awareness, and quite a bit of humility. So now that I think about it, it probably just takes a good guy to meet a good girl. If you’re among the elite, you’re really only going to mesh with an equal. So keep looking. I’ll say “we”re out there. (I may not have much money yet, but I can bring the hammer where it counts ;)

    • Frank

      January 30, 2013 at 1:51 am

      Dude, you should have boned the bejesus out of your ex. Once they’ve had “it” they want it all the time. Next time, lead with the hammer.

      • Jazmin

        January 31, 2013 at 4:58 am

        HAHAHA Frank have you ever thought of taking up comedy, you are pretty damn funny.

    • Jazmin

      January 31, 2013 at 4:57 am

      Money isn’t everything usually the people who have a rough start are the kindest people in the end. They truly cherish everything they have and the life they live. So maybe it’s really her loss :)

  33. Plaintruth

    January 30, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Actually the dynamic you suggest in your article is a very simple one to understand.
    If we assume you, as a woman, are slightly attractive ( visually that is all men need surprisingly ) to men then what you describe is the classic power play scenario. There is unfortunately almost nothing you can do to change how you now affect men because it is your job that is scaring them off commitment. I’ll explain.
    The relationship dynamic is bio-anthropological. For millions of years men and women’s physiology has been able to survive because those best able to compete survived through selection. However in order for our species to procreate the one dynamic that it isn’t possible to have is women competing with men because men see any personal competition as a threat from another warrior trying to take his woman or possessions even if it is a woman.
    Therefore hardwired into men’s brains literally balls to bones is the impulse to run a million miles from a stronger warrior or you’ll die (known as fight or flight). Men have only those two options because they are not allowed to fight you culturally and because you don’t want to fight a lover ( that would be insane) the flight option is the only other that’s left.
    In otherwords because you appear to be the strongest or as strong as, you have become a threat to future happiness and a possible conflict scenario within the procreation environment . This is something unacceptable to all men except possibly men who are extremely tough and intelligent I mean mean for you you probably need to find a navy seal who is also a senior circuit judge in order for the man not to feel threatened by you in any significant way( not impossible but unlikely). Readers will note that unfortunately most women are now fitting into this threat scenario by virtue of our culture and that is why they find it extremely difficult to find men, and it’s going get worse. I must mention that the final nail in your attempts to date is in fact because your a lawyer the guy is thinking ‘ if I just put one nose hair out of line in the future she will ring me dry through the court and have me chucked in jail’ family court or whatever , you are a major threat! sorry best change jobs and never mention the fact you were a lawyer.

  34. Jazmin

    January 31, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Women are crazy. My father is a life coach and thankfully when I’ve come home with some lame excuse like “maybe the guy didn’t like me because he was intimidated by me” my father was quick to put me in my place and show me how stupid that sounds. I’m a young woman, not a lawyer but I know what I want in life and I have it together. It hit me one day that I’ve been hurt just like every woman has and to protect myself I enhanced my independence. Meaning instead of being independent but feminine at the same time I became this “I’m independent, I don’t need a man, I can take care of myself etc” but to an extreme masculine way that guys were like damn there’s no room for me in her life, she has too much going on. I’m not saying women need to be needy but if you exude too much confidence it turns into cockiness and there is a big difference. I think the sexiest thing about a women is when there’s a little mystery. Right off the bat he shouldn’t know how much money you make, what degree you have and what your life dreams are. I think things should be fun, flirty and laid back. Life is too short kind of attitude and everyday little glimpses come out that show your successes. But in reality you see hot men all the time with average chicks. It’s because those girls have that personality that makes a guy stick around. Confidence but humility, they are feminine and let the guy be masculine, they are humble, happy, grateful and loving. Egos, pride and status ruin people. I look at it this way, if you didn’t have the degree, the fancy car and the career and you had to live a humble life. Who would you be, who is the real you without all those things that will eventually fade.

  35. Jazmin

    January 31, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Another thing I doubt that guy looked that far down then line and came to the conclusion you intimidated him and were too perfect for him. Stop thinking so much woman! Pull down your ego, make your standards about a guy around who he is not what he does, and don’t complicate things. Jesus! Men are simple they have two dominant emotions. Hungry or horny. If you see him without a boner make him a sandwich.

    Let your hair down, drink some wine, get a little frisky. No one likes an uptight bitch.

  36. Chastity Weiner

    February 5, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I am the lone female in a shared house with 6 males. Recently, two of them, who are actively looking for “love,” or whatever, let it slip that they have strict dating criteria, and that the most important, even more important than being a bit overweight, is that in order to be considered dateable, she must not be more intelligent than the gentleman.

    One of them showed me a lady he met through an online dating site (which rhymes with NO WAY STUPID) – she was cute, the same age, slender, funny, and intelligent. And he said he wasn’t planning to even meet her in person once because she was obviously, “too smart” for him, and he does not care for that. He prefers a girl younger than himself, shorter, less aware of the world, less knowledgeable about music, and, overall, less intelligent.

    The second housemate accidentally told me last night that he doesn’t want a girlfriend who is funny or intelligent because it makes him feel dumb.

    I told them both that they are idiots. A smart girl will work full-time, figure out how to buy a house for you both on her salary alone, cook, clean, work extra so that you can make the payments on your nice car, and be extra understanding of your need to take time off from college/career to figure yourself out (ie. sit on the couch and play video games). The dumber girls will want you to provide everything, and will get bitchy when you don’t.

    Your choice, fellas!

  37. Mdl

    February 8, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Ok so i am a guy and i’ve done something stupid that is similar, but i dont quit understand why i did this.

    So here is me at my worst. I find a girl atractive in every way possible and yet tried to avoid geting into close relationship and yet wanted to. Though now i think i was just afraid of rejection though she obviously liked or love me.

    i know its strange but it might just be fear of comitment or something i dont know but we are sometimes able to do stupid stuff.

  38. Mdl

    February 8, 2013 at 3:20 am

    ps forgot to spell check

  39. COG

    March 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Interesting. Sounds very familiar, but I’m the female and I have a sense that’s what’s going on with someone I know. I think you should go after her. No games, only truth. Be yourself and don’t be afraid to reveal who you are and what you feel. There is no fear in Love!

    • Frank

      May 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Women can be so introspective when they are not with a guy. Once they start getting it regularly (I.e. 7-10x per week), they calm down and don’t talk their head off. If the guy is lucky, she’ll also give good BJs before sex.

  40. Spike

    May 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    lol, original writer, u f***ing wish :)

  41. Stefi Bee

    May 23, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I empathise with you as I go through it all the time. The excuse is”you are too good for me” … And I am feminine, loving and homely …

    Many guys feel an ego boost being in a position to “talk” with their friends how they’ve been in a position to reject a “trophy” …

    Yes, they are intimidated because they fail to control the uncontrollable …

    Well, those who see things that way are not worth having in the first place … Relationships are healthy when both feel free and enjoy to grow together … people enjoy wearing masks to protect themselves, a relationship which allows freedom and growth is scary for many as they will be in an environment to face themselves.

  42. Jules

    June 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

    If you sleep at night thinking that´s true, keep thinking that. Intelligent girls choose not just with her feelings, but also with their brains. If you date a looser with low self steem obviusly he´s gonna feel threatened of a independent, inteligent beautifull girl. But if you choose wisely next time, you won´t have to write a depressing column like this. the secret, learn to choose.

  43. Wolf

    June 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Short answer is maybe but not likely. Guys are VERY easy. If they go out with you once its because they find you at least mildly attractive. If they give up from there, it because you are completely not compatible. Probably because you talk too much.

  44. Nordica

    July 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Funny how people on this thread all think they are so hot and smart…If law school was that transformative of their IQs and abilities to analyze, etc., why on earth are they wasting their time here? ((Also, shocked at the remarks concerning age. My experience is that older guys are usually more attractive…and most prefer women in their own age bracket.

  45. Gerbod

    July 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    No worries, girls need to taste rejection too. After all you girls are not selectively egalitarian, right?

  46. Damian

    August 25, 2013 at 2:53 am

    There is something to be said about a woman who is more accomplished than the man. It makes him feel less significant and significance is much more important to him than it is to love, whose focus will tend to be on love.

    That being said, my recent experience taught me the value of falling in love with someone who makes you feel wonderful (predominately by laughing at your jokes) but then when a relationship begins, starts to gradually be more assertive. A woman who is extremely capable but passive tends to make life too easy for the man and it encourages him to become extremely selfish. It also makes him feel less in love and makes the woman act a little neurotic, chasing the love from the man. Ultimately, as it did me, it gives me too much rope to hang myself with and I break away seeking independence, rather than being vulnerable with her and expressing your insecurities.

    And that leads to extreme regret…. She was “perfect.” You just couldn’t appreciate it until it was no longer there.

    Damian

  47. Passing Stranger

    September 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Yeah, she could read Robert Greene’s “Art of Seduction” — or she could find somebody that actually likes HER and values HER for who she is, how she is, however that may be. It may be difficult, and that person may be rare, but it’s probably out there at least a few times over for almost everybody (caveat: when I say almost everybody, I mean more or less “everybody willing to take the time to do the self-analysis required to try to figure out what it is they really want and who they really are instead of who they think they are and what they think they want”; it’s rarely the same thing).

  48. John

    October 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

    This is likely because the man wanted to be able to impress you, but felt that he wouldn’t be able to because of how good you are.

  49. stacey bush

    March 31, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    After being in relationship with my husband for nine years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email is (LAVENDERLOVESPELL@YAHOO.COM } tel.+2347053977842) you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or anything.

    • Corner

      December 18, 2014 at 1:27 am

      You obviously didn’t read LF10’s article, “I Went to Missouri, and All I Got was This Lousy Psychic’s Permission to Have an Affair”.

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