Reader tsparks156 refutes the “men love smart women as much as or more than they love hot women” pretty lie by use of a simple observational technique,
Look at who are the most popular/highly rated women among men of all ages. Then check what percentage are hot and what percentage are successful in business and academia and compare. The results are predictably obvious. Rachel Riley is a popular academic woman because she is hot and the only interest men have in her brains is fucking them out of her.
No smart woman in the history of the world has given a man a boner by waving her grad school degree over his crotch or breathily whispering in his ear about the space-time continuum.
Sentient adds his two cents for runner-up COTW,
Ask any woman what she would rather have… a perfect SAT score or a perfect body? Do you think the millions of pages of Self, Glamour, Cosmo et al shed any light on the answer?
A poll of this nature would suffer from the problem that it would never be answered truthfully by women. Social expectation bias would be much too strong. Perhaps an airtight anonymous poll might get us closer to women’s real feelings about the matter, but in the end what counts is revealed preference, and for that we see women spending years of their lives in energetic pursuit of improving their bodies and appearances…. not their SAT acumen. Super heh.
To answer this post title’s question — women’s brains, what are they good for? — I believe female smarts are a vestigial trait resulting from women choosing smarter men as mates over the millennia, sort of similar to the idea of the clitoris as a vestigial organ of the dominant male penis.
I’m only half-kidding. Another reason for the existence of female smarts is that men with options, when choosing a long-term partner to raise their future kids, will choose less dumb women only after all the other more important mate criteria are met (specifically, youth and beauty and feminine disposition).
Men without options will take what they can get.
To put it another way, men have a lot more tolerance for underpowered IQ in romantic partners than they have for underpowered beauty.