Jonathan and Alison Schumm Abuse Case Raises Questions


Given my interest in homeschool reform, I am familiar with many if not most of the entries at the Coalition for Responsible Home Education's Homeschooling's Invisible Children database. This database was started by homeschool alumni concerned about the role homeschooling can play in intensifying and hiding abuse by allowing abusive parents to isolate their children. (I suppose this is where I add the caveat that I am not anti-homeschooling, just pro-accountability.)Anyway, I found the most r … [Read more...]

No Greater Joy on “Tantrums”: Deny Your Children’s Lust


I recently came upon an old No Greater Joy post about tantrums. No Greater Joy, as you may remember, is run by Michael and Debi Pearl, authors of the fundamentalist Christian childrearing manual To Train Up A Child. I was raised on the Pearls' childrearing methods, and much of my own parenting journey has been unlearning the toxic parenting structures the Pearls promote. Anyway, this particular post about tantrums was written by Tremaine Ware, one of the Pearls' assistants.The relevant text … [Read more...]

TTUAC: The “Emotional Liar”


To Train Up A Child, chapter 14, part 1And, we're back! I'm not sure whether I'll keep this regular or on the same day, but I do want to get back to reviewing Michael Pearl's child rearing manual, To Train Up A Child. It's been a year and a half since I took a break from this series. I had no idea it had been that long until I checked today!For those new to this series, and new to the Pearls, Michael Pearl is a fundamentalist Christian author and preacher who has traction in many … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 42: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Dr. Schram, Stay-at-Home Mom


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 159-164I am feeling stuck in this hearing and we have got to get out. Peter has done some things right and some things wrong, but nothing really egregious. Mostly it has been simply boring. And so, in the interests of getting the heck out of this hearing, I'm going to see if I can make it through the rest of it in this segment.As you may remember, Judge Romer just called a fifteen minute recess. Farris tells us that Gwen, her pa … [Read more...]

All-Options PRC: The New Pro-Choice Center on the Block


You've probably heard of "pregnancy resource centers." The term itself is the rebranding of the older "crisis pregnancy center" label. These centers tend to be run by pro-life groups intent on dissuading women from having abortions. When I was young, my mother spent time as a volunteer at one of these centers, counseling pregnant women and urging them against abortion. These centers have often been accused of using misleading advertising or coercive tactics to bring women in and convince them to … [Read more...]

The “Real Men” of Evangelical Christianity


I've run across a number of memes about what "real men" do. The most frequent seems to be that real men "protect" women rather than abusing them. This meme has bugged me because I'd rather have a man's respect than his protection. On a whim, I went to google, typed in "real men," and started scrolling through images. I found quite a number of these "real men" memes that were Christian-themed (most were probably created by evangelicals), and found myself cringing on a variety of levels.If … [Read more...]