When you offer her respect,
She can read the fine print.
(That’s the trouble with letting these women get education!)
She is delighted to know you respect her.
[Thank you, she respects you too :)]
But she doesn’t subsist on that respect.
She values the respect she has for herself,
She won’t trade her Freedom or Happiness for this Respect.
Try offering Respect for Respect…?
Not Respect for Compliance, Femininity, Conformity, Frailty, Weakness, Meekness, Conventionality, Obedience, Diffidence, Ignorance …
(I realise it's harsh, and even bitter. But thought I'd share this because it reminded me of our Talibanising values.)
Edited to add: Indians Respect Women. Conditions Apply.