Dudes in Distress?

Have you ever noticed how dragons always capture maidens—hence, ‘damsels in distress’?  Now, I’m not complaining.  After all, ‘dudes in distress’ would take away from the drama a little.  But it does make a person (me, at least) wonder why writers felt that women and dragons should go together.

Just for fun, over the next few weeks, I’ll be setting forth a few hypotheses as to why this is the case…

Theory #1:

If you’ve ever read Patricia C. Wrede’s Dealing With Dragons (and if you haven’t, you should), you’ll recall how the dragons expected their captives to cook, clean, etc.  So here we have our first scenario: captives as servants or as pets.

This is a bit of a generalization, but girls tend to be a little more cleanly than guys.  Can anybody imagine a prince keeping house for a dragon?  The poor dragon would find his treasure tossed out of the way in haphazard piles, and he would be eating microwave meals for dinner.  (Sorry, guys who cook, but this is kind of the cliché, and don’t you think the first impression dragons would have of people would be the clichés?)  So, capturing a princess ensures more cleanliness and better meals (theoretically).  Maybe they should start attacking culinary schools.

Along the same lines, this is why if the dragon wants a human pet, it makes more sense to pick a woman.  In general, they can take care of themselves.  This is why a lot of people are ‘cat people’.

Tune in for more theories, coming soon.

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