I recently watched an episode of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. in which a guest character qualified for the stereotype of Headstrong Woman. Brisco (Bruce Campbell) and his male partner were paid by three women to help them track the gang who stole their belongings on their move out west. When the two men decided it was time to stop for the night, the dominant woman of the group refused to listen to reason. They went on while the men camped.
As the women traveled, they discussed the possibility that they should have trusted Brisco, that maybe he wasn’t just slacking because they’d already paid him. Then Brisco came after them to take one last run at convincing them he really had their best interests at heart, and after the requisite scene where they almost shoot him for sneaking up on him, the headstrong woman says:
“Sorry, I’m just not used to men who look after anyone but themselves.”
And there you have it. Maybe there are women out there daft enough to risk their lives to prove a point (as most writers portray this sort of character), but most of us (yes, I’m one of them) refuse well-intentioned help from men only because we’ve been on the receiving end of ill-intentioned “help” one too many times.
In the end, the whole group earned each others’ trust and functioned as a team.