Oh my god yes yes yes yes yes yes YES! X3 This is so wonderful! I mean... oh my god! XD Oh, look at him cuddle that colt...! This is so great, thank you so much! (The only downside to this is that now I'm just thinking about him and a colt together, and am less focused on his personality)
You'll please note the use of the word "Traditional" up there, which indicates that this is the typical role. No one would accuse the Mares of the MLP:FIM universe of being weak. All of them are formidable. But it would be more expected for a male to step into the role of protecting Empty, rather than a female. That's not to say a lady couldn't fill that roll, but it wouldn't be what was initially expected.
He didn't say that! he said he wants to FEEL protected and a mare can't do that for him, not that they are weak and CAN'T protect him. :3 I guess I should have put down that he doesn't want to feel weak either. Mares intimidate him just a bit more then Stallions do.