Editor’s note: This is from a conversation on Larry Solomon’s site where various commenters were claiming that women are the happiest and most desirable or endearing to their husbands when they affect a childlike demeanor. Most of them apparently think being married to a woman with a woman’s body and the mind of a child is optimal. Normal people don’t want to be married to mental children, only ‘Good Patriarchs’ ™.
That does make a lot of sense. Adopting a demeanor that can be sweet or cute or enthusiastic or playful depending on the moment is positive and endearing to men, and it is a childlike quality. However, like you said, it doesn’t keep a woman from having adult like qualities necessary for being a wife and mother. She still can have the adult ability to motivate herself to do things that she doesn’t want to without expecting a reward every time. (Obviously, it will cause her husband to appreciate her more and cause him to do nice things for her return, but it won’t become transactional where every time she behaves well in spite of her feelings, she gets a new toy, like a kid might.) She still can have the adult ability to fully understand that other people’s feelings exist and matter. And of course she can be serious when the moment calls for it, like when her husband needs to or wants to have have a serious conversation with her.
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