Nobody has to be dominated

In our family we lived the way my father said we should. That went for everything—the clothes we bought, friends we chose, politics, vacations. Even the food we ate was what he preferred, served when he wanted to eat it.

I didn't like this authoritarianism. I didn't want to become the kind of person my father wished me to be. And I wanted more freedom than I had. So my teen-age years consisted of lots of hurt feelings, disagreements, and frustration. Anyone who has had family quarrels understands the kind of atmosphere that pervaded our home.

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