What is a wife good for?

Posted on July 6, 2011 by

The question of why a man should desire a wife — and in particular a traditional wife — gets bandied about on this blog with regularity. But our own Morticia has answered that questions definitively:

What women provide men is a partner who shares his vision and is willing to devote herself to it. Being a careerist generally means the woman has her own ambitions. It makes the unit less cohesive.

Men do not desire a housekeeper or even a baby-making machine. What men desire above all other things is the same thing that Adam desired: to have a partner — a helper. To have at least one person on this planet who cheers him on, who offers him no competition but only support, who benefits from his rise and suffers with him on his fall. His other half.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,

“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

For it is not good that man should be alone.

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