My goodness what a thoughtful, thought-provoking, and fitting user name! I think you should win some sort of prize for 'most creative'!!!
The story well illustrates the ebb and flow of AS,... as well as womankind's age old dilemma. That
must be where the saying comes from. "Men ~ can't live with 'em ~ can't live without 'em!"
Or as my sister says, "Men can't live with 'em, pass the salt!"
Seriously, this was like finding a gem in my day!