In exchange for this security, though, he gets to be "The Man." The hidden dark side of the princess/knight mentality is what researchers term "benevolent sexism"—which means that believing women should be protected is actually used (intentionally or unintentionally) to justify gender inequality.The idea of the princess and the knight with a protective shield is predicated on the woman being so weak that she needs male protection, which includes the man making decisions for her. For the woman who wants to be the princess in the fantasy, the development and preservation of delicate femininity has one purpose—to exist to be adored.Now, if there was a pattern of freeloading on the part of the man, or if there had been an agreement prior to the marriage that the wife would not be working I could understand this (in part), but the attitude of material entitlement that some women seem to enter a marriage with is really in line with the princess fantasy. I tend to like most articles that pop up on my news feed but I have to disagree with this one.If anything I found this article itself more sexist than the gender inequality you mentioned within.Millennials frequently say they won't "settle" for less than the fairy tale in order to commit to a long-term romantic partnership.
Generally we want the captain of the ship to be steady, clear eyed and largely predictable, not the sort of person who lets the whims of the moment or personal concerns color her decision making or interactions with others.There is a difference, however, between seeing your partner positively, and expecting things from one another that you simply cannot consistently deliver.Holding one another to rigid gender roles can be suffocating over the long term.Ironically, it’s been the information I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve had since getting the virus that have caused my self-confidence, self-love and sense of independence to shoot through the roof.All of this started when I began to understand that I have value.
Parental cues, movies, books, and sometimes even fashion further support this conditioning.