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Women today, at least Disney women today, resist the trope of the prince who rescues the damsel in distress. How perfectly awful to have toxic masculinity restrict her ability to be a strong and independent woman!
It occurred to me that we have an equally-popular trope that works in reverse: a woman who saves a man, not by slaying a dragon but by nurturing him. Think of the classic story of the nurse who stays by a man’s bedside, investing her energies into saving first his life and then, perhaps, his very soul.
Both clichés are good and valuable, because they involve people helping other people (through the attributes and capabilities we encourage in each sex), and the gratitude and love that come in return.Published in