Why is it that when women become obsessively attached to animals, they subject themselves to that "pet lady' stereotype? And yet, when men wax poetic or make their daily rounds of the local dog park, we are moved and wooed. "I think it's easier to be disparaging to women who have pets because it harkens back to some old gender valuation that such a woman is a spinster," says San Francisco family therapist Traci Ruble.
Think about it: What do Call of the Wild, Old Yeller, Travels with Charley, Lassie, All CreaturesGreat and Small, The Art of Racing in The Rain and Marley and Me have in common? Yes, they are all about dogs and they were all written by men. The last significant book penned by a woman on the subject ...
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