Chapter 10: Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig

After several uncomfortable years, my husband finally began to understand what I was asking of him and his reaction moved from an adversarial, “What the hell do you want from me?” to a more genuine inquiry, “OK, What do you want from me?” This receptivity made all the difference. He began to understand what I was trying to do and was moved by my genuine willingness to help him. This new understanding translated into a talk entitled, “Confessions of a Male Chauvinist Pig” that he delivered at the annual Women’s Conference at our college. His talk basically outlined his patriarchal heritage and why it simply was not in his “plausibility structure” to initially hear or be open to my true intentions to improve our relationship.