Housekeeping and Ongoing Projects

I just spent the better part of my morning doing some organizing here on the blog—namely, organizing some of the ongoing projects I feature here at Love, Joy, Feminism. I’d encourage you to take a look at them and also to consider participating in them. Each project has a main page that I’ve put some work into and is hopefully both inviting and easy to navigate. I’m going to take a moment to give a quick rundown:

Raised Quiverfull consists of both a panel and a project. The panel involves nine young adults who were raised in quiverfull families responding together to a battery of questions while the project contains their answers (along with the answers of a number of additional young adults) in individual survey format.

Raised Evangelical is made up of the stories of individuals who were raised in evangelical families but grew up to leave that tradition. Each story is consists of a survey of questions with responses filled in.

Homeschool Reflections is a series in which individuals who were homeschooled, or who homeschooled their children, reflect on their experiences.

The Purity Rings Project brings together young women who had purity rings as teens or young adults to discuss their experiences.

Then there is my weekly review of Debi Pearl’s advice manual for wives, Created To Be His Help Meet. The main page for this project contains links to all previous installments.

Finally, my newest project, Forward Thinking, which is run collaboratively with Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers, seeks to bring together a variety of bloggers to work together in forming positive values.

I will soon be introducing a new project, which has yet to be named but will involve a panel of some of my Jewish readers answering questions about Judaism. My interest in this project was piqued by the fact that I grew up thinking I knew a lot about what Jews from reading the Bible, and then found, upon actually talking with Jewish friends as an adult, that most of what I thought I knew about Jews was wrong.

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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.

  • Isaac

    One suggestion I just though of, that I think might fit your work well: a weekly review/analysis of How To Train Up A Child by Michael Pearl, once your analysis of CTBHHM is finished.

    It would it put some of your previous content into context and further analyze the Pearls, which could be worthwhile, given that they represent ideas a reasonably large minority of people accept. Also, since you and Sean are parents of diametrically opposite beliefs to the Pearls, I’m sure you could offer rational responses to their child abuse manual [cough] I mean, parenting guide.

  • AztecQueen2000

    If you would like some help with the Jewish panel, please let me know.

  • ABaker

    I want to second what AztecQueen said; I was raised Jewish and I’d be happy to answer questions/talk/write a little about my experience. It sounds like a wonderful idea.

  • David Nilsen

    I was raised in a fundamentalist evangelical environment, and was homeschooled for most of elementary school and then 7th grade. I’d be very interested in providing something for your blog. I’ve really appreciated your blog and I look forward to hopefully hearing from you.

  • saraquill

    May I participate in the Jewish panel? I’m not Jewish myself, though I live in an area with a great number of Jews ranging from Reform to Chassidic, and my mother is a convert who’s married to a Jew.

  • Hilary

    Libby, you are going to find out just how many Jews you’ve really got in your audience!! If you can pull off a “Judaism 101 for Athiests” forum, I nominate to crown you with “High Supreme Mistress of Herding Cats” blogger award.

  • Anat

    I was raised as a secular Jew in Israel, my mother’s family was mostly secular since my mother’s early childhood, my father’s family was Orthodox, but my father and his sister lived a secular lifestyle since leaving home. Now I’m an atheist in the US. I’m not sure how well I fit on your potential Jewish panel, but if you are looking for a diversity of experiences, then it’s hard to get more diverse between me and AztecQueen!

  • M

    Heh, I have a slightly odd experience of Judaism myself. Raised Conservative until age 9, until we moved. Then we joined a Reconstructionist/Renewal group (very New Age-y). I’m now an atheist and my sister is Orthodox. You’ve got a lot of Jewish readers, Libby Anne!

    • AztecQueen2000

      Probably the similarity between fundamentalist, monotheistic religions. (I became Orthodox about 7-8 years ago, but avoided the Kool-Aid mindset of some late bloomers.)