Women need men to show kindness, patience, understanding, empathy, and compassion. Regardless of the type of relationship, men and women should be considerate of each other’s feelings. Recognize that a partner’s trials and tribulations matter to her and that partners’ roles are to cherish and care for and about one another.
Friendship between men and women is also desired. Being a friend to your partner means treating her in the patient, accepting the manner in which you treat other close friends.
Emotional maturity is essential.
It is okay to have some childish fun when it’s appropriate, but it’s important for women and men to behave like grown-ups when it’s time to do so. Being aware that brute strength does not equal intelligence is also helpful in maintaining healthy communication and connection.
Sometimes it is better to sit back and think through problems before trying to manhandle your partner into a forced solution.
Being supportive of the women in your life can do a world of good.
Supporting your partner is a primary role. Whether your partner or a friend needs emotional or practical support, be there to assist in small and big ways. Whether it is taking time to listen, or more active involvement in major decisions, child-rearing, finances, etc., make your presence a positive and supportive one.
Sensitivity coupled with validation of your partner’s experiences are essential.
The cultural experiences of adults vary greatly based on gender identity. Recognize your own biases in how you view other women and imagine how your partner might be negatively affected by a world that sees women as less than.
Don’t assume she is making things up when she shares stories of prejudice, discrimination, or unfair treatment.