Hi! I’m Libby Anne and this is my blog.
I was raised in an evangelical family, was homeschooled, was taught to embrace courtship rather than dating, learned that women’s place is in the home, and was highly involved in the religious right. College turned my world upside down, and I am today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. I live in the midwest with my husband, Sean, and our two young children, Sally and Bobby.
I find myself endlessly fascinated by religion, feminism, and politics. I blog about all sorts of issues, but especially about the trials and joys of leaving fundamentalist and evangelical religion, the problems with the the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the fallout of what I call “purity culture,” everything about Christian Right politics, and the importance of feminism. Because I was once myself an evangelical, a Christian Right activist, and an antifeminist, I try to address these issues with empathy.
When I first started blogging I wrote out my story under the title “The Beautiful Girlhood Doll.” Read that here. I also wrote about my spiritual journey in a post called “Searching for the Baby in the Bathwater,” which you can read here. If you want more on my background, as well as my current views, take a look at the pages I’ve put together on a number of issues:
- quiverfull/christian patriarchy
- Christian Right
- purity culture
- positive parenting
- raising children without god
- reproductive rights
Whatever your perspective, I’d also like to invite you to comment on my blog (read my comment policy here). I am often amazed by the further insight commenters have to offer on any given issue, and I find that highly valuable. I encourage commenters to state their opinions and views emphatically, call it like they see it, and offer criticism of others’ arguments or opinions, but ask that disagreements be conducted civilly and politely.
Feel free to contact me at lovejoyfeminism (at) gmail (dot) com. I’m always glad to hear from my readers. My hope is that I can encourage you to think for yourself, live with empathy, and work toward the betterment of humanity.