THinking about the conversation we had afterward, I'm wondering if my mother wasn't actually putting down women as "women are silly romantics who would harness their life to someone else because of a few silly feelings." My mom is very practical.
Kendo_Bunny, she was saying some of the same things.
I have to factor in that she just helped my brother break up with Okay (from another thread--he was dating
her because "she's okay" and admitted he didn't love her at all, but she threatened suicide if he broke up with her) and two other individuals in her life keep coming back to her asking for help in nasty, unequal, and borderline abusive relationships
. She probably thinks that if only the women in all three scenarios could have logically set everything on the scale, they'd have seen the best thing to do was get out of Dodge.
Regardless, Virg, you're right--"All Men believe XYZ" is rude regardless of whether it's a positive or a negative that's being said.