From “Daddy’s Forgotten Girl”
By DAPHNE MERKIN
The New York Times Magazine, June 18, 2006
I am convinced that this unmet connection or unrequited longing affects the women who suffer from it in particular, even recognizable ways. Many have to do, unsurprisingly, with interactions with men, ranging from an inability to flirt to a general failure in knowing how to read the male animal. I have always thought that little girls learn how to be coy from hanging around their daddies and grow up into the sort of women who grasp when to press a point with a man and when to leave off — who understand, in short, how to massage the ever-vulnerable male ego so as to seem to be complying when they’re really getting what they want.