An intimidating woman
This is not to say that incredibly beautiful women will only go for the model-handsome mind you – look at Christina Hendricks2 and her admittedly less symmetrically-gifted husband.
are the one making the first move, they may feel as though they will be in constant competition with other men: ones with better jobs, fatter wallets, movie-star smiles, and abs you could do laundry on.
The more beautiful or desirable a woman, the more she can have her pick of men.
Similarly, men may feel as though they’re walking through an emotional minefield and worry about accidentally triggering a reprimand or tirade because of an off-the-cuff comment, poorly chosen word, or a miscommunication.
Geek culture has a way of blurring the traditional lines of gender roles.
Women who have nerdy interests are frequently less traditionally “feminine”.
He may feel as though he’s going to have to put on a performance in order to keep up with her.
He may be overwhelmed by the force of her personality and worry that he will be forced to be the inferior partner in the relationship.