According to a new study conducted by Yale University, more and more women are opting to freeze their eggs rather than settle for a man they feel is their intellectual inferior. Freezing their eggs gives them time to wait for their (educated) prince charming.
Led by Professor Marcia Inhorn, with a focus group of 150 US and Israeli women, the study found that the women initially put off having children so that they could pursue higher education for themselves. But once they were ready to settle down and have children, it was finding an equally accomplished man that proved to be the real challenge. Rather than settle with second best, the study found that the women (mostly in their 30s and 40s) chose to freeze their eggs while waiting for the right man. Ninety percent of the participants stated that their choice was motivated by a ‘man deficit’. Seeing as more women hold degrees than men in the US, it’s understandable that such a deficit could exist for many women.
Stress related to starting a family and fertility is a real issue for many women, leading to a search for different options to have children. These women are the opposite of desperate: they know what they want and know how to get it. According to Professor Inhorn, these women simply don’t want to settle for a partner who isn’t on their level.
Would you freeze your eggs if you couldn’t find a man you thought was your intellectual equal?