They always have been, where have you been?
It isn’t a gender-exclusive thing. It’s status signalling.
One of the biggest myths is that geeks are always harmless and never aggressive, but passive aggression is more insidious. The delta and gamma are the type of person who’ll get angry when you reject them, feel as if you owe them and do most of the serial killer stuff. The jocks will probably just shout and punch you in the face, then leave you alone. Geeks (and nerds) are not superior but they believe they are since they over-value intellect and pointless hobbies. Obsession is NOT a healthy thing. It isn’t the same as passion.
Just look at NRx modern aristocrat stuff.
They wear suits instead of sportswear. Same thing. All about peacock attraction because they’re the sex with less sexual options but more sexual desire.
Anyone who thinks they’re superior to you won’t make a good partner in anything, let alone life. And when they fail, they project, a lot. It’s never Mister Superior Intellect. There are plenty of jokes about Mrs Always Right but the male version is worse. All the bitchy, not even a woman.
It’s a way to compete dishonestly, covertly. As fake as those bulked up whey protein muscles, except they brag about all the books they read (and none of them surprising). As much signalling as the girls who brag about the popular title games they played.
The pretentious intellectual is worse than the gym bro, because at least the gym bro has external accomplishments and something to brag about. The pretentious intellectual reads the same books as everyone else and thinks they’re special for reading Dawkins, Greene and ‘old books’. Because who’d read that stuff if they couldn’t talk about it after? The pretentious people are hollow and have nothing original to offer, that is why they face constant rejection. They’re trying to imitate originality and getting angry when everyone is smarter than them.
They confuse shade with wit. Engage bitchiness, become respected Dr House.
Like, sure, they judge a woman as ‘worthy’ of his company and praise – if she completely agrees with him. Kant would be proud.