Ran across this quote in Gene Veith’s latest book on Vocation and thought I’d pass it along:
It is certainly true today that in man/woman relationships, the man often plays the role of the needy one. He presents himself as troubled, unhappy, and emotionally vulnerable. The woman feels sorry for him, and is attracted by the prospect of helping him, even saving his life or saving his soul. But what these men are doing is appealing to a woman’s maternal instincts. The woman is asked to play the role of the mother, not the bride. The man is playing the role of the child, not a potential husband.
(Gene Edward Veith, Jr. & Mary J. Moerbe, Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood. Crossway: Wheaton, IL, 2012: 50)