Casual dinner conversations in my family have been known to take unexpected turns. In one such conversation, I commented on how I would never stay with a man who hit me, even if it happens only once. “Even if you’re wrong?” an older male relative asked, genuinely shocked. “Am I a child?” I retorted. The rest of the family tried to hide their dissent—some from my relative’s chauvinism and others from my “rudeness”. Now, would I describe my family as patriarchal? Not quite. But are there sexist attitudes and behavior? Most definitely. Allow me to explain.
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