I can speak for most men who fall deeply in love and tell you that when it happens, your desire to protect surges. How can I protect and shield my beloved from pain? becomes a key fiber in your existence. I’m so methodical about this, when my wife and I watch TV, I deliberately turn the channel when those ASPCA commercials come on, otherwise, I know she’s going to start crying. I fully embrace my role as protector, so how could I deliberately wound her? She deserves better.