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    You want validation from him that you've never gotten, really. He didn't want to pay for college for you - and it sounds like your the only girl with 2-3 brothers. Are you the youngest (or close to it)? He sounds like a very old-fashioned man - the type that women should be able to hold a pink-collar job then get married, and never push back against the men in her life. Does that sound anywhere in the ballpark?

    If so, you're starting from two holes piled on each other: his beliefs about women, and his beliefs about liberals. You're not really going to be able to win both battles at once, I'm afraid. You might try veering away from politics right now, and focussing on making him realize your successes in life (graduation, jobs, etc) as a single woman. Be confident - hey, they're your successes. Even if you don't have the best job/house in the world, you're supporting yourself and that's the important thing.

    Enlist the rest of your family in this (if that's possible). When they talk about their jobs, join the discussion and talk about yours. When they talk about their homes, talk about yours. (As always, use this advice as appropriate with your family).

    Once you've gotten that spadework planted, then you can approach politics with your family. Good Luck!

    Radical Right - UnAmerican and Tacky as Hell

    by efrenzy on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:45:02 AM PDT

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    •  Basically right ballpark. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm the oldest of four with three younger brothers. My parents are evangelical Presbyterian and if you're familiar with that branch of the Presbyterian church, then you'll understand where the whole issues with women come from.

      Fortunately, the oldest of the three boys is now a lawyer (I work in Juvenile Justice as a quasi-paralegal) and so my dad has figured out that being a public defender is a good thing and not "the enemy" as he used to call my work. lol But it irked me that it took my brother's chiming in to get the point across. So yeah, I'm starting from behind. But I figured as much when I realized that church wasn't for me.

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