Vision Forum Catalog Covers

I just found this, a list of all Vision Forum catalog covers for the past fifteen years. I post it here because I think some of my readers might find it interesting. I’m not going to add comments – I don’t have time at the moment – except to say, watch the use of history and the portrayal of gender. It’s interesting to say the least. Click on the image to see a larger view of it. 

When Men Wax Poetic about My Womb
Fifty Shades of Evangelical Justifications for Patriarchy
When Marriage Looks Like the Only Escape
The Cold, Unforgiving World of Geoffrey Botkin
About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh… nary a woman to be found.

  • October

    Gee, this brings up unfortunate memories!

  • Erika Martin – Stampin’ Mama

    Very telling.

  • -Pam

    I like the Norman Rockwell qualities of them but considering what they are promoting…

  • Disillusioned Ex-Homeschooler

    Wow. That's disturbing. It's like adult women don't exist as people, just as behind-closed-doors breeders. And I have to disagree with them being like Norman Rockwell paintings. Norman Rockwell's work has an overwhelming nostalgic quality now, because he painted our grandparents' era. But at the time, he was chronicling his *own* period, not a made-up version of a past that never existed. His paintings tapped into people's vision of American as they wanted it to be, so in that sense they were idealistic, but there is realism there, and an implicit challenge to give space to women and to minorities–something that was pretty radical in his time. See Jury Room and The Problem We all Live With:

  • saraquill

    "Theme Park History" is the best way to describe those photos. It all looks rather artificial.