Originally Posted by claddaghmom
wow that might be something you should demand an answer on!!
I've tried. But, their answer is pretty standard "don't you read the news? You know how men are." My grandmother was a criminal judge, and she had a lot of rape/sexual assault cases. I think, for her, this is where it partly comes from.
But, the rest of them ... I don't know. My grandmother and her two sisters are from Europe, and lived through WWII together. They had to hide and be on the run, as their parents were teachers and Hitler was rounding up all teachers for the concentration camps. Maybe something happened then. I don't want to pry too much if it's a really painful memory.
The fear of men stems from them, and they infected their kids with it. I escaped only because my mom and I left Europe when I was 5.
The men in my family seem so honorable and "healthy" in terms of their mindsets. I mean, my grandfather is the gentlest man I know. I lived with my grandparents and my mom until age 5, and I never felt uncomfortable with my grandfather. So ... I'm thinking something happened in the past.
I try to just ignore their comments, for the most part.