women smarterYo, look out men: Women are scoring higher on IQ tests than men are. We've been lagging a hair behind men on those tests for the past 100 years. But no longer! For the first time, women beat men in IQ tests in overall scores. We've caught up -- and we're pulling ahead now.

So. We can haz world domination now?

Seriously, we should be running everything. Now that we all know that we're smarter, that's one fewer excuse to leave the guys in most positions of power. Hey, even Yahoo seems to know what's what. They just put Marissa Mayer in charge of their company. When are we putting a woman in charge of our country? Or are we still missing one essential ingredient?

(For the record, yes, I feel all sorts of ick about Marissa Mayer's maternity non-leave but hey, it's her choice.)

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James Flynn, the New Zealand researcher who ran the IQ tests and who will be publishing the results in September, thinks women may be pulling ahead because we have to juggle more -- family and career. (And the men don't?!?) He also points out that women have more educational opportunities than ever before. That's the gift of feminism: It's literally making us smarter.

But we can be all sorts of brainy and men still have one up on us: They're loaded to the gills with testosterone. That makes them aggressive and bossy. It's the take-charge, no-apologies hormone. We make testosterone, too, but usually not nearly as much.

Will brains eventually win over brawny hormones? Testosterone also makes guys do stupid, self-destructive things, after all. If we keep getting smarter maybe eventually all we'll have to do is watch men fight and skateboard-paraglide their way into a subordinate position. Maybe someday we'll have a Fifty Shades of Mauve book on the best-seller list! (I'm buying my own whip and stilettos in case that gets big soon.)

But hey, we don't even have to be in charge of everything. I'd be thrilled if women were just EQUAL in earning power and leadership. That would be enough for me. I mean, you'd almost have to be stupid to want to be a politician.

Oh geez, look how accommodating I'm being. Gah, that's so female of me. "Oh no, men, don't feel threatened! We're not out to usurp your power -- we just want you to share a little bit more." Whatever, women are getting smarter than men. That's the good news for us. Will we be able to resist apologizing for it?

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