"Woman's natural power is so immense that without balance on the male side the human project unravels. For his own sense of worth within the family, the man needs to be the head in a circumscribed set of decision-making areas. The woman has so much power she does not need headship but does need to grant it.
The woman's power commences with the birth of her first child. Though a father can give much, his wife gives more and more fundamentally. When young men die on the battlefield, they call out for their mother. When grown sons call home the natural order is to talk first and longest with mother. Father-son conversations, even in the very best of relationships, tend to be shorter, less relational and more project focused.
Immediately the baby is born, the greatest power of woman comes into play. For her child, she makes the world a good place to be in. She treats her baby so well it is content to be alive and grow. Babies who experience neglect --or worse, abuse - turn away from reality and in upon themselves, sometimes never to emerge again, as with some forms of psychosis. Such is the power of woman for good or ill."
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