Think of it as At least you know hes got your back!
You don't always get to choose physical altercations. Someone much bigger might just be looking for a fight they know they'll win. People aren't as predictable as some might think. Its always good to know you're part of a team if someone decides to take advantage of you.
yeah, that's where we eventually got with the discussion...but initially, it really came across as patronizing and sexist, and it made me feel like property, instead of like a team.
we talked it through, and plan to talk about it some more tonight or tomorrow, when we've both slept.
Just tell 'em "Well, make a code word. If I'm over my head, I'll call you in. Like a tag team." lol