"If you can lasso a man, then what you get when you do get him is not a man but a boy. The woman who refuses to even try to lasso him is the only one with the real chance of ever getting him. With her, he is at least likely to say, “Hey, why didn’t you tug when I let my side of the rope fall? I’m used to women picking up the slack!” That woman’s answer would be, “Because I didn’t want to. I only play with grown men.” At this point, some women would be thinking, “Yes, but my man doesn’t know how to be a man!” Exactly! Only a woman who has high standards, who has no interest in anything but the most adult interaction between a man and a woman, has the capacity to inspire a man to learn how to act like one. A man will not be attracted, or at least he will not remain attracted, to a woman who emotionally tries to do his work for him, because in his heart what he wants most is the experience of his own manhood. He is unconsciously seeking initiation into new levels of masculine strength, and any woman who indulges his childish behavior cannot be his initiatory experience."
Marianne Williamson (via mindofataurus)