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WOMEN //a thread//

I was raised by all women.

My father had gotten my mother pregnant when she was just 15. His father
insisted on an abortion or he'd 'write my pops out of the will'. My pops bailed.

My mother raised me--and 4 siblings--mostly alone.

Mom's water broke in biology class. she finished HS--preggo--with me, in 1975. There's pictures of me as the little cheer squad mascot for the #RioLindaKnights.

As I grew up, I remembered the power and influence and wisdom of WOMEN in my life. My Great Grandmother was the key:
Great Grandma Florence had bought 3/4 of an acre in #NorthSac (w/ her husband), when acres were $5.00 ea. They couldn't afford a full one! Great Grandpa died & I never knew him.

Grandma was our true #MATRIARCH. She had a huge garden w/veggies on one side, flowers on the other.
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It's a conscious choice "we're" making as parents, when "we" encourage our little boys to grow up strong💪, but not our little girls.
A choice that can only be interpreted as "I'm OK leaving *one* of you relatively unable to defend themselves in future."
If little boys and little girls were taught to pursue physical strength to the same extent, it wouldn't solve anything, but it would certainly make things a damn sight better.
For me, choosing to discriminate in that way, borders on parental neglect.
While we must fight evil with all we have, it isn't going anywhere. It hasn't in 5000s years. So wherever there's a power imbalance, there will be those who exploit it.
So I want the mind of every creep to contain the thought "That girl might kick my ass."
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