Raised Quiverfull: Call for additional perspectives

A few weeks ago a young woman contacted me wanting to add her voice to the collaborative Raised Quiverfull project. I told her that the project was far enough underway that it would really be more work than it was worth to go back and add a new response to every post, but I invited her to send me her responses to the questions anyway, and told her that I would put them up under an “Additional Responses” section.

And so, I’d like to invite any qualifying readers to also answer the questions and send me their responses for inclusion in the Raised Quiverfull project as “Additional Perspectives.” The more voices the better! I’m also planning to separate out each original participant’s responses and post them by individual, so that they can be read as each person’s story individually as well as together in the current panel format.

You qualify to participate in the Raised Quiverfull project if: 

  • You were raised in a family that was influenced by the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements. (i.e., influenced by the teachings of Bill Gothard, Nancy Campbell, Mary Pride, Doug Wilson, Doug Phillips, Geoff Botkin, Jonathan Lindvall, Scott Brown, and/or Michael Pearl, etc.)
  • You are currently an adult (18 or above).
  • You have questioned Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull beliefs to a greater or lesser extent and no longer identify as part of those movements.

Your responses should be candid and honest. I know that by design this project eliminates glowing accounts that function as promotional testimonials, but at the same time I don’t want your accounts to be designed to make things look as bad as possible, ignoring any positive and exaggerating the negative. Just try to be candid, honest, and real.

Here is how to submit your responses:

  • Copy and paste the questions into a Word document (or equivalent).
  • Type your response under each question.
  • Email the Word document (or equivalent) to lovejoyfeminism@yahoo.com.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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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.

  • http://www.cookingbakingandtraveling.wordpress.com jwall915

    I would otherwise love to participate but I’m not sure if I qualify. I was raised fundamentalist evangelical, definitely in the Christian Patriarchy tradition and ideals, but most assuredly not Quiverfull. I am over 18 and I have left all aspects of Christianity. Would I qualify for this series? Thanks.

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

      I’m going to say that to do the Raised Quiverfull project you need to have grown up in a family influenced by the teachings of Bill Gothard, Nancy Campbell, Mary Pride, Doug Wilson, Doug Phillips, Geoff Botkin, Jonathan Lindvall, Scott Brown, and/or Michael Pearl, etc.

      But you’ve given me an idea. I think I may do a project that involves individuals who were raised evangelical/fundamentalist and have since become progressive Christian, simply “spiritual,” agnostic, or atheist. A lot of the questions would be similar, but some would different. I think this would be perfect for you – and for a lot of my other readers! I’ll keep you updated!

  • http://www.cookingbakingandtraveling.wordpress.com jwall915

    That would be great! The names you mentioned weren’t really huge influences on my parents when I was growing up. The only one that rings a bell from childhood is Jonathan Lindvall, but he wasn’t a huge figure in their lives. The biggest one was, without a doubt, James Dobson. Kenneth Copley figured in largely too. I’m guessing Dobson was hugely influential in many families who were following fundamentalism and patriarchy but not specifically Quiverfull.

    If you do decide to do another series for those who grew up fundie evangelical but who’ve moved away from it, I would love to participate!