The only exception I will take to this is the notion women must marry men who are as smart or smarter than they are. not true. If you can find a man who adores you, but who calls you on your crap, who supports you 100%, but won’t lie to you about your shortcomings is worth their weight in gold. Just choose the man who is right for YOU, not one who looks good on paper. People are always surprised when they meet my wonderful husband, who is 20 years older and retired from his career of backbreaking physical work. Everyone ends up falling in love with him. I was lucky he has put up with me all these years. I am really crazy!
I think just about any woman would be happy with that.
I think your description of what would make a woman happy is much deeper and layered than the author's.
There is nothing more beautiful or alluring to a man than an honest woman who needs him to believe in her and tell her how wonderful she really is! I know, I married her 30 years ago.