This is so important, Rachel. The experience you just described — your parents reading what you wrote and reacting negatively, your crying, and your first instinct to apologize and remove it — exactly mirrors the time during the Women’s March after the Trump election, when I wrote a political blog that was supportive of the women but not of Trump, and my dad read it and was furious. In that instance, I cried, and I probably apologized and I did take it down. But I wish I hadn’t done that, because however careless I might have been in expressing it, the words were true to me at the time, and I should’ve stood behind them. I should’ve stood up for myself.
Congratulations to you for being braver than I was, and thank you for sharing that!