I grew up in a religious home, and I get this! My family was very traditional, and we spent tons of time with church people, pastors, and deacons. At the end of the day, women are told to be silent and submissive to men. This causes you to live your life feeling ashamed of existing, of bleeding each month, being sexual, or expressing yourself in any way that might not fit "nice and pretty."

Even then, they'll find something to criticize, like my "crooked smile," or "big feet," or how I'm a "whore" at 13 years old when I wear makeup.

These patriarchal practices in religious are horrible, and I've been trying to gather the courage to write about it. Thank you for sharing this!

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