… health. And certainly not everyone who grows up in a conservative household has had my experience. But I wonder how many white supremacists, misogynists or homophobes DO have trauma in their childhoods. How else did they come to be so hateful?
This. I absolutely agree. My dad is the same — he had horrible childhood that he rarely opens up about, he was never shown love, he grew up in a cold and violent environment… and his political opinions are very much similar to your father’s (he’s Czech so I can’t say he’s a Republican because I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what that means).
Loved reading your piece. It’s difficult growing up with fathers like that, but it only made us stronger. 💪