Guest Blogger Rachel Dunning Talks About Choice

My first recollection of the Cowboy is JR Ewing in Dallas. I was six or ten years old and Dallas was one of those shows I shouldn’t be watching because it was too late at night. But I had a cool mom and she let me sneak in the occasional peek.

It’s ironic that Bobby was also a cowboy, but what stuck in my mind was the Bad Boy. JR was always causing trouble, always getting in the middle of things and, damn it, the dude was just goddarned obnoxious and meddlesome.

My mother was hooked.

Through glints in her eyes I could tell there was something about this Bad Boy that she admired. I never figured out what it was until I sat down to write this post.

We live in a world where it’s “uncool” to suggest that the man goes out and conquers the world and the woman stays home to tend the hearth. We’re told it’s politically incorrect, it’s offensive, it’s “wrong.” I say that’s bullshit. I’m reminded of another movie, Mona Lisa Smile, where Watson insists the girls get an education instead of only thinking of getting married. The movie ends with a speech to Watson (by a student whose name I don’t remember) telling her that maybe some girls want to do that.

The irony of the feminist movement (and by this I mean the zealot part of the movement, not the fight for women’s suffrage) is that the tables have turned to a point where women now have to fight simply to be a woman. Women are considered weak if they don’t go out and conquer the world themselves, leaving homes to be wrecked while kids run amok because nobody knows how to raise troublesome boys except a hardhanded momma. Women have a skill in this area that men could only dream of achieving. The fundamental error made here was in assuming that money is the only real power wielded in the world. No, a mother who takes no shit from her kids and who raises them within an inch of their lives (by being there for them) wields far more power than any man running a multinational conglomerate ever could. These men have mommas, too.

The key here is Choice.

That was the point of the suffrage movement, and that point was correct. But somehow that fundamental point got lost. Women’s suffrage became linked to prohibition and wielding axes into saloons…and people got confused and lost sight of the basic idea.


Woman (like men, like anybody) should be given a choice to do what they want to do. Some people want to tend the hearth and leave the wrastling of broncos to hardbodied men.

On the opposite side of the coin we have men being told they should “get in touch with their emotions” and “be gentler” to be “real men.” Emotions don’t put food on the table or pay for nice dresses and fancy jewelry. Be as emotional as you want, Cowboy, but if you can’t drove them cattle into the ranch you ain’t no good ta nobody and we’re all gonna starve!

Debt appeals to that small minority (or is it secretly the majority?) of people out there who think that men should be men and women should have choice. Our main protagonist, Logan, is not a Cowboy (although the story is indeed filled with cowboys) but, in the words of one reviewer, “He is magnetic and an Alpha to his core.” He is a man, a real man. A man who can both conquer the world and treat his woman the way she should be treated.

Of course, as with any man, his first glimpse of his “emotional side” comes about through the girl who finally tames his heart. Kyla Hensley. She tames this cowboy within an inch of his life.

And he ends up loving her for it.

Happy Valentine’s day, everyone.



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About Rachel

Rachel Dunning hit the scene in August 2013 and is the author of the highly praised Naive Mistakes Series, Truthful Lies Trilogy, Johnny Series and the paranormal romance series, Mind Games.

A prolific writer, she sticks to stories where Alpha Males aren’t pricks and where women have guts.

She’s lived on two different continents, speaks three different languages, and met the love of her life on the internet. In other words, romance is in her blood.


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4 Responses to Guest Blogger Rachel Dunning Talks About Choice

  1. Clare O'Beara says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  2. Michelle says:

    So true!

  3. Nice to meet you Rachel! I’m sorry I’m so late to the party…I’ve been holed up in my writing cave and have just now had the opportunity to come out 🙂
    Wishing you lots of sales….btw, I know I’m showing my age when I say that JR was probably the first cowboy I could remember from my childhood. YIKES! ♥ But I’d rather recall Tom Selleck ♥

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