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    My grandmother sincerely believed that a wife was to be in submission to her husband. There was just one teeny tiny problem with that. My grandfather was, well let's just say he was the "If it ain't broke don't fuck with it, and by the way why the hell did you have to tell me it's broke for?" type. He was a simple man who didn't bother others and really didn't want to be bothered. My grandmother was the outgoing one, and the reformer, and the civic minded one. As a result I learned by watching her that a woman can be every bit as smart and capable as a man. Every bit as strong and determined. Every bit as worthy of respect.

    And if that were true of my grandmother, well it didn't take much thinking to realize that it must be true of women in general. Plus, gosh Royboy how would you feel if you were treated as less than a person just because of your gender? Pretty bad Gramma, pretty bad.

    "The man is the head of the family, but the woman is the neck.  As the neck turns, so the head goes."  

    This can be a mutually fulfilling dynamic, provided that the husband never asks the wife to do anything that she is unwilling to do.  The problem is that not every husband is a gentleman, and not every wife has the full set of tricks to guilt-trip and manipulate a husband who doesn't believe in the partnership of equals.  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 01:58:40 PM PDT

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