Are men intimidated by women’s success? In the case of the singer Rihanna, one of the most famous musicians in the world, this appears to be the case: she’s still single, and lamenting the fact. Apparently her success intimidates men, who run for the hills presumably because they feel they would always be in second place in a relationship.
Successful women feeling that they frighten men away is nothing new; it’s a complaint that many career-oriented women offer in our current social climate. Is it that women have achieved success in the professional arena, but that men aren’t able to handle it? Or is there some social dynamic at work that we haven’t fully understood yet?
Digital Spy reports:
Rihanna has confessed that she feels men are intimidated by her success. The ‘S&M’ star admitted that she thinks she is still single as men are afraid of her superstar status.
“Not to sound crazy, but yes [I think men feel intimidated],” she told On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
“And I think that’s very difficult because it’s a lot for them to handle, especially being in the public eye. It can be difficult. It can be tricky.”
The Bajan singer did assert that she is hopeful of finding love soon, adding: “There’s gonna be someone who is not intimidated or not afraid to put me in my place.”
What do you think—is there an unspoken rule that men can’t date women who are more successful than them? What is it about womens’ success that is so frightening? Should women change their behavior or approach to get a different result—or is career success truly more important than fostering stable relationships with men? Should women have to stoop to the level of less successful men, or are they simply not attracting the attention of even more successful men?