I am partially to blame, but I think that his attraction to me had as much to do with my personality being as strong as his mothers.
I am excited that Z
I see in my godsons the signs that I fear. Eager to do a project they rush in with gusto and excitement, but one correction, one criticism and the project is abandoned - left to sit, half completed without so much as a second thought.
For the majority of my childhood, my father did not work. He stayed at home, sleeping on the couch while my mother went off to work to support our family. And while she was the sole monetary support of our household, he was definitely the head. He kept the grass mowed, the cars running, the kids in check. He made sure that all of the bills were paid each month and lorded over our families expenses with an iron fist. There was no doubt who the man of the family was.
These days, women stand up to this type of patriarchy saying that it is sexist and abusive, but, back then it seemed as though that was the way things were supposed to be.
Now that we are in our current situation, I need my other half to step up, to take the lead, to be the man. My fear is that I have beaten him down so much in the past that he is not ready to take the helm of this ship and guide us.
What I question is in this age of self awareness and equality, have women done themselves a disservice by taking the strength (and, perhaps, validity) from their partner? Have we created our own nightmare in the guise of wanting to "have it all"? Have our men, after years of being nagged, bitched at, complained to, just given up?