Drudge has a link to a story about a Texas man on vacation in Tennessee who called 911 after his wife was squirted with water by a Hibachi chef (as part of the show):
I’m not from Tennessee so I don’t know Tennessee laws, but in Texas that is sexual assault.
The restaurant manager thinks this was about the customer wanting a free meal, but while the man asked for a refund I think the motivation has more to do with a misguided attempt to demonstrate that he is protective of his wife.
This kind of cartoonish chivalry goes over quite well from the pulpit, but in practice this man only lowered his own value in his wife’s eyes. This isn’t to say that a husband shouldn’t protect his wife from real danger, but husbands should be very careful about getting drawn into this kind of drama.
Contrast the Texas man in Tennessee’s obsequious attempt to impress his wife with another Texas husband my wife observed the other day. The couple was out shopping and the wife asked her husband if he would protect her if they were attacked by a bear:
Wife: Would you protect me from a bear?
Husband: How big is the bear?
Wife (laughing): What if it is really big?
Husband: Oh no, you are on your own then!
Wife (still laughing): What if it is just a small bear?
Husband: If it is just a small bear, then you should be able to protect yourself.
Wife: So you wouldn’t protect me at all?
Husband: Well, it depends. What did you make for dinner that night?
Wife: What if it was tuna casserole?
Husband: Tuna casserole! No way. But you could throw the casserole at the bear.
In this case the wife was delighted by the whole exchange.