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July 20th, 2007
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A few more stories about my father

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Date:July 21st, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs.

People are complex. Although homophobia was certainly the presenting issue, I've always felt the estrangement was more about control than it was about that. And also a kind of tenacity and inability to admit error, even implicitly. After all if one stops ostracizing then it's almost like saying one was wrong to ostracize in the first place.

I know many people - people I admire - who participate in family estrangement, often for absurdly trivial reasons. Their justifications, when they try to justify their actions, sound bizarre to me, but presumably they make sense to them. Maybe I'm more likely to hear these stories, since I've been ostracized?

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