Ok here is two episodes from my life experience that tells a bit about how weak and defenceless woman are.
I know from that I worked on a farm where the woman and man did equally work outside and the man sat down tired and unable to do more that day while the woman still had the entire household to take care off I would say that man and women are a bit different . woman does work harder at any day I seemed to have noticed.
Woman are not small little defenceless creatures in my family either. I have a family member that once stabbed her husband with a fork because that was the closest thing on the table and he still try to tell the story as it was a big kitchen knife she had used. that hurt his ego a bit that episode.
my sister deals with sexual unwanted attention in a bit different way than most men would expect. she has beat more than one man up and there is several bars she is not allowed to come to because she has broken some ones nose or arm or whatever.
so .... I guess that all imaginations I sometimes see that the woman are not equally strong intelligent or what ever is something that is simply not true. at least from my perspective.
based on this I would say that in all relations it is better to meet others with respect and never to talk down to anyone. not even a child as children has still a free will and a mind of its own. I think it is all in all as simple as that.