Alright, I admit it. I watch Olympic couple’s figure skating.
I don't follow it with the passion of some folks, and I know none of the technical terminology, but the combination of technique, athleticism, and sheer beauty amazes me. But last night while I was watching the finals, I was struck by something more important. While misguided academics and theologians point us to the “freedom and fairness” found only in egalitarianism and androgyny, couple's figure skating reveals a different approach: complementarity. Couple’s figure skating incarnates complementarity. Men and women are fundamentally different; they are designed that way.
As John Piper writes, “At the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead; provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man's differing relationships." On the other hand, “At the heart of mature femininity is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive, and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate to a woman's differing relationships."
A picture is worth a thousand words.