Is this like The Stepford Wives?
No, it is not. The book, and the 1975 eponymous film, were a frightening dystopic feminist view of male-female relationships, and consent did not enter into things in Stepford when the wives were forcibly turned into robot versions of themselves.
Here on Taken In Hand we take the view that if the husband being in charge is not consensual then the it is not a Taken In Hand relationship, indeed it is an abomination.
Moreoever, Taken In Hand is not about wives serving and submitting to their husbands, unlike in The Stepford Wives. In a Taken In Hand relationship, both wife and husband actively strive to please the other, and while the husband is firmly in charge, he puts his wife and the relationship first. This is the key to creating and maintaining a relationship in which the husband is in charge in a way that is sustainable, enjoyable and does no harm. In The Stepford Wives, there is no question of the husbands putting their wives first. On the contrary, they murder them and replace them with robot versions of themselves.
In a Taken In Hand relationship, the husband loves his wife as the full, individual human being she is, he does not want to diminish her. In The Stepford Wives, by Ira Levin, the husbands not only wanted to diminish their wives, they murdered them and replaced them with robot versions of themselves.
While many Taken In Hand wives are homemakers as in The Stepford Wives, many others are eminent academics, powerful business women, politicians, pilots, professors, lawyers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, therapists, military and law enforcement personnel.
In a Taken In Hand relationship, the wife tends to be so thrilled that her husband is in charge that she would never say no to him sexually, but in The Stepford Wives the robot women not saying no was nothing to do with being thrilled by their husband: it was programmed into them by the Stepford husbands. Men in Taken In Hand relationships generally prefer live women to robots.
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