By Rod Van Mechelen
So again, what are men paying for? "Romance" is often a cover for prostitution... -- Warren Farrell, Farrell: Why Men Are the Way They Are
The draft horse of love?
1992 Bellevue, Wash. - What do most women do that's romantic? Crudely put, they spread their legs: "When I fell in love with him, I wanted to be cared for economically, given children, protected from the world, fucked, the whole gothic romantic womanly complex." (Women and Love, St. Martin's Press mass market edition, 1989, Shere Hite, pp 509 - 510) Do romance novels socialize women to be this way, encouraging them to be dependent, submissive, etc.?
They expect so much from men -- to be wooed, fed, entertained, supported, and, finally, for men to take all the responsibilities for female "equality." It's easy to see how women might find this very romantic, but where's the romance in it for men? From the male point of view, it's about as romantic as being a draft horse.
Rod Van Mechelen