Either Rand based her ideas on a premise that she did not intend to, or else you're missing something.
The idea that women need to "look up" to men is perpetuates the idea of a "lesser sex" - I know that wasn't Rand's intention AT ALL, but that's the premise such an argument is based on.
My take on this issue is: I think Rand must have been uncomfortable being in a leadership position within the Objectivist movement, and with being the breadwinner in her marriage. That led her to develop this psychological theory, based on her experience and emotions.
Admit it. You have no idea what Rand was feeling when she wrote what she did, and in any case, you should analyze her ideas by their own merits.
False alternative. Demure doesn't mean weak or clingy, and strong character doesn't mean the opposite of demure (aggressive?)
Personally, I have to say a demure woman is boring and unappealing. I don't want to date some clingy, weak girl. I want someone whose strength of character is equal to mine.
looking up to men is that which makes women womanly, which I don't buy for a number of reasons, *least* of which is that it sounds appallingly archaic.
It may be "archaic", but then so is courtesy, or integrity.
By their definitions, an inferior is not equal to a superior...
This is the crux of it. We have to nail down what we mean, or else it's endless equivocation. Men are not *morally* superior to women. Both genders are capable of acting with unblemished integrity.
Men are physically stronger, men are not vulnerable, and men do not have the same hormone-driven emotional cycle. Even a man's skin is more resistant to injury from work or play. He is taller, too.
For a woman to look up to a man, she can physically look up to him, being that he is typically about 5" taller than she, and much stronger and more massive.
For a man to say he looks up to a woman, then it would have to be weakness-worship, putting her on a pedestal.