Last night at my favorite Indian restaurant I was delighted to hear one man at the next table say to his (male) dining companion, very matter-of-factly, with no hint of either jocularity or complaint:
“She lets me drive occasionally. If she’s in a really good mood.”
and the same guy a while later,
“You have to look at it from a female perspective.”
I spend so little time with men that I can hardly be said to have my finger on the pulse of contemporary male thought, but I seldom imagine the majority of American men to be this respectful of women – I imagine many men to still fear such a perspective as somehow compromising to their masculinity, and I find a little evidence to the contrary edifying and encouraging.