- Gender and Relationships
Qualities of Women that Intimidate Men
Men would like to see certain comforting stereotypical qualities in women; most men have certain definite expectations of stature, behavior and looks in women within the boundaries of which they feel comfortable dealing with them. When some women seem to possess qualities beyond such expectations, men feel intimidated by them. Men feel uncomfortable and vulnerable in front of such women; they feel their one-upmanship stature will get threatened by such women.
Let us see some such characteristics of women that intimidate men:
Too much masculinity
A rough and harsh voice, heavy physical build, tallness, lack of coyness and clear display of boldness, physical or verbal fighting with men using foul language, arrogance, loud mouthed laughing, sexual intimidation, tendency to keep commanding others loudly - these are a few masculine qualities in women that intimidate men.
Too much beauty and sexuality
When men admire and tend to fall head over heels at the looks of a very beautiful women, they also suffer an inferiority complex and a worry about their capacity to win the beautiful woman's heart and hold on it in the long run. Men traditionally feel too suspicious about too beautiful women and feel intimidated by them. If a woman expresses her sexuality too openly and tries to make use of it to gain favoritism or to manipulate people, such a woman may appear to be intimidating to men.
Too much education and related pride
Educationally very highly qualified women who do not hide their prestige and pride on account of their accomplishment may look too intimidating to some men.
Extremely calculative, selfish and manipulative women
Men by default expect women to be more unselfish, sacrificing for the sake of their family well being, loving, caring and forgiving. Men expect and respect motherly qualities in women. If women behave on the contrary by displaying utter selfishness, and calculative and manipulative tendencies, men feel intimidated by them. Many men seethe in anger and frustration if they have to continuously deal with such women in their lives.
Very high status
A woman occupying a very high post in Government (say, a minister or a high-flung Government official), or a chief executive/ Vice president of a reputed business organization are the next ones who have the power to intimidate men. Particularly if these women carry an aura of authority as well as arrogance that come with their position, men not only feel intimidated, but feel threatened deep in their hearts.
It is really an intriguing aspect of creation that nature has endowed men and women with their particular uniqueness that attracts each sex to the other to ensure procreation and continuity. It has also left certain characteristics in both sexes that act as repellent too to each other! Human psyche has many such aspects that cannot be fathomed easily by cold logic.