Hi, Julie. Thanks for sharing. I started standing up to my family about a year ago too and life got really hostile for a long time. Things are getting better now, but I still get unwarranted condescension and "mansplaining" from virtual strangers both male and female.

It made me wonder if I look or sound dumber than I did a few years ago. Its almost as if everyone I meet feel a compulsion to prove they are smarter than me. Most articles basically say people act patronising because they are insecure and it reflects on them, not you. But I still find it bothersome to associate with such people.

It must be harder when you are pregnant. I'm glad the hormones made you more assertive. Maybe its because you are also sticking up for your child. Good luck! I hope you get the respect you deserve.