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Again, I misrepresented Lakoff's concept. He didn't say one caused the other. He just DESCRIBED the views of Republicans as the tough love/strict father and the views of Democrats as the nurturing mother I can't change what I typed :(
John Harper says
Aquasilver - I think I read that before about your dad! Amazing... War! I want to shout to the world. STOP FIGHTING! don't you. The analogy doesn't mean the mother is the nurturer though. It's a symbol for parenting from both - the composite
Jaye Denman says
JayeWisdom, Wanna march with me? (tee hee) I think I misrepresented Lakof'fs views and didn't realize it until I read the responses. I should have said do you have a nurturing mother or strict father view of the world?
John Connor says
true, true, Connorj. I should have asked, "Do you agree that Democrats view the world as a nurturing mother and Republicans as a strict father?" I do think though that my mother's view of the world has influenced my political leanings.
Partly; quite a few rich repubs may indeed resemble this "strict father" definitely not all. Likewise I would venture a guess, that some Demos resemble the nurturing mom; however, both parties are significantly eclectic and attract marginal fringes..
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I REALLY mis-represented Lakoff's view! He says that liberals HAVE a nurturing mother view of the world- conservative Repub have a "strict father" view, not necessarily that their parents were. Sorry. (I'm exactly where you r in political views.)
I realize I TOTALLY misrepresented Lakoff's views. UGH! BUT, this question is probably producing more responses. I think he would have asked "Do you have a 'strict father' or 'nurturing mother' view of the world. I love your story!
Ah... that's true. I was raised in Milwaukee (big union town and my dad was really protected by his company and his union working together) and I lived in Progressive Minnesota and worked for Paul Wellstone's campaign, Congressman Jerry Sikorki,etc.