Love and lust.

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  10. So there's something deep and biological in this worldwide motif - that a boy becomes a man by proving his courage and strength, and learning to fight; but a girl becomes a woman by virtue of submitting to a man, and being penetrated by him. It's no wonder, then that we find those differences reflected in common myths. The men slay the dragons and the women find themselves in danger from lovers who may be monsters (or monsters who may have amorous intentions). Sometimes it turns out that the monster is not really all that monstrous after all - as in the myth of Eros and Psyche, or the tale of Beauty and the Beast. But sometimes the male and female myths are combined, so that the hero comes along and slays the monster and marries the princess, and all like that.
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  12. But perhaps the older, more primal version of the myth was the one in which the monster itself was her mate, and she was at his mercy. In that case, the myth of the hero slaying the dragon and winning the princess could refer to his need to subdue his own inner demons before trying to take his bride in hand; that is, the monster that he is saving her from is none other than his own "dark" side. I like that interpretation, because I want to look into my man's eyes and see both his noble warrior and his fire-breathing dragon there. It's his inner monster that fills me with fear and awe, and it's his chivalrous knight that I trust to protect me; and in the dynamic tension between that heart-pounding fear and that loving trust is where my deepest erotic longing is kindled.
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  14. For those who are into mythology, and what it can reveal about masculine and feminine psychology, there are a couple of books on that topic by Robert A. Johnson. One is "She: Understanding Feminine Psychology" and the other is "He: Understanding Masculine Psychology." The first explores the myth of Psyche and Eros, and the second explores Parsival and his quest for the sacred feminine, in the form of the holy grail. I can't say I agree with all his ideas, or even most of them; but he is one of the few guys out there right now with the courage to say that men and women are different in some very fundamental ways.
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