The Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull goal is to return this country to “Biblical Christianity.” It is for this purpose, for example, that homeschool leader Michael Farris founded Patrick Henry College, intending to train homeschooled youth to lead the nation and influence the culture with Biblical values and principles with the final goal of restoring the country and its government to Biblical Christianity. I actually had a friend who went to Patrick Henry. She completed a degree in government and won awards on the school’s debate team. Where is she today? She is a stay at home mother with a young baby. Apparently this is the course Patrick Henry encourages for women.
It strikes me that dominionists are ignoring half of their potential talent by urging their daughters and young women to think of nothing besides homemaking and other womanly pursuits. Women are seen as only useful as mothers of future culture changers, and as wifely supporters of current culture changers. The play a secondary, rather than primary, role.
If dominionists really have such grandiose goals of changing the country and restoring Biblical Christianity, I have to ask, why not leash the full potential of both males and females? Why not use all the possible talent? The answer, I think, highlights the misogyny of the movement. Women are seen as valuable only in their prescribed role: as wives and mothers. They are seen as legitimate only as wives and mothers. Outside of that role women are seen as dangerously out of place. You see, those in this movement really truly believe that this is all women are meant to be. They don’t think about the fact that their daughters, just like their sons, have the potential to be movie directors, scientists, and politicians.
Now of course, it could be argued that the value of young women of the movement as baby making machines producing dozens of new warriors is greater than their value as a CEOs, military officers, or politicians. I have indeed heard the saying “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” But again, note the misogyny: the woman boils down to her womb, not her brain or her talent or her abilities. Her womb is what matters.