I don't care what crap the woman may tell you, you better believe that you had better jump to her defense should something happen if you know what is good for you.
I don't care what she says, I believe that on a primal level you will be automatically lowered in her eyes. Even if there are five of them and only one of you, if you don't at least make some type of protective gesture on your part, (like pulling her closer to you and shooting the guys a look while you reassure her you will protect her) if you try to ignore it or whatever, she will think that you are a wimp and devalue you accordingly. It is a part of our animal selves that does exist.
I am a big advocate of non-violence and turn the other cheek. I really hate fighting and try to avoid it. But if it means harm to those I love who are weaker than I am then I have to react--it's part of my duty as a husband/father/brother/grandson/friend. It's part of my duty as a MAN. Manhood--real manhood, seems to be under assault these days. It's wrong to teach someone to use a gun for SELF DEFENSE or gathering food (the only reason for hunting in my opinion--if you kill it, eat it, you can kill it, but don't let it go to waste) even though we know criminals don't care about civility. It's supposed to be wrong to hit someone even if they are trying to choke you. We are supposed to use our martial training to not hurt someone according to the opinions of some who don't realize that unless you GROSSLY outclass someone in the fighting department you are going to get hit in an altercation.
My wife told me when we started seeing each other I never had or have to fight to defend her. Yet, ask her how she felt the time I woofed on two guys who were hassling her. She said she felt protected. And she changed her opinion about it since then.
To quote an old Public Enemy song "Don't Believe the Hype". Your woman wants you to protect her. If she doesn't, she is either insane, depressed, or is one of those types that will hand someone her pocketbook before she punches, kicks, and scratches her attackers until one of them starts screaming (which I've seen happen, and man was it funny, even the cops laughed)
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