Libby Anne, a former “daughter of Christian patriarchy,” has a lot of insight about her former life. Like how one Christian group is “training” children to be “dominion-oriented.”
This is an example of what Vision Forum, a group for Christian “families,” thinks is an appropriate image for their DVD about Christian boys:
Ok… boy fishing with his father and grandfather. Seems harmless enough.
And what’s an example of Vision Forum’s image for training Christian girls?
Right… because good Christian girls better be educated about… knowing how to do the laundry. Very liberating.
Ophelia Benson points out another problem with this:
Take a good look at that picture. That little girl has no mouth — it’s been covered up by her stack of laundry. Vision Forum has given her a niqab made out of a pile of clean clothes. No wicked feminist back-talk coming out of her, you can be sure.
Libby Anne explains the significance of these DVD covers:
Vision Forum tells girls that they can be great — if they stay in the home. It tells ten-year-olds that they can do their part in taking dominion by doing the laundry even as their brothers are trained in far, far different pursuits…
I would say that I don’t think Vision Forum has any idea of the messages it sends to young girls with images like this, except I that think it does. And revels in it. I was one of those girls, and I received the messages loud and clear. My worth was defined by how much housework I did and how well I could take care of babies.
By the way, Vision Forum has a habit of dismissing women who are leaders of any sort.
Check out this image:
And then check out where those pictures originally came from… wow.
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