emotionally fragile, dependent person who follows about, puppy-eyed
and pathetic. Happens to the best of us. Despite what Firestone
asserts (see above note), the phenomenon of
falling in love and perhaps ending up emotionally devastated as a result
is not limited to the structured inequality of male-female relationships.
Kate Millett recounts her own story of being on the pathetic end of an out-of-balance
love relationship in her book Flying [NY: Ballantine 1974]. Fiction
author John D. MacDonald often made use of this phenomenon in his mystery
books: characters who become vulnerable to exploitative schemes through
their personal sexual attachments and the effects these have on their emotional
state and their judgment.