A knight in shining armor: understanding men's romantic illusions

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W. Morrow, 1991 - Social Science - 175 pages
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On the basis of interviews he conducted with 150 men and women, Harvey Hornstein has located the counterpart for Colette Dowling's "Cinderella Complex." The heroes of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Frog Prince" are prototypes for the Man-Servant. In return for his service a woman transforms the ugly creature into the flawless man. In addition to the psychological damage they do to themselves, Hornstein shows how men's behaviors and myths contribute to the stereotyping of women by furthering the unspoken rule that says women must be protected, provided for, and adored. It is then up to the woman to make the man feel like Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor. Hornstein details the three common forms of man-servanting--ministers, educators, and Lancelots--and offers five guidelines for men's emotional emancipation that aim toward easing the burden of relationships on both genders.

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Hornstein (psychology, Columbia Univ.) argues that many men believe they must act as "knights in shining armor'' in their relationships with women. He categorizes such men as: ministers who believe ... Read full review


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