Weeds, Birth Control, Trees, and Temperance

Do you remember that image of the weed and flower I posted some time back? It compared a weed, “Sexual Chaos,” with a rose, “Strong Family Life,” and made birth control the root of the contrast (aka birth control leads to sexual chaos and not using birth control leads to a strong family life, which is just flat out weird, but okay). Here it is as a reminder:

I bring this up because I recently came upon a pair of images that were strikingly similar. And yet, they’re not from the present but rather from the antebellum temperance movement. So I thought I’d share them with you.

Here’s the first, the Tree of Intemperance:

Here’s the second, the Tree of Temperance:

I don’t know that I have a moral here or even that there’s some sort of instructive comparison to be made. I just find the similarities between these two contrasts both striking and fascinating. Seriously, click the images and read the words in the leaves and the branches. Compare, contrast. Fascinating.

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.


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