About

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 a feminist, a progressive, and a nonbeliever. 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.

When I first started blogging I wrote out my story under the title “The Beautiful Girlhood Doll.” I also wrote about my spiritual journey in a post called “Searching for the Baby in the Bathwater.” Probably the most viral post I’ve ever written was “How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement” (for more of what I’ve read on reproductive rights, see this page). Many of the posts I’ve written on positive parenting and purity culture have also been well-read.

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.

Sincerely,

Libby Anne

  • Gen

    This is a cool blog libby. Haven’t read a lot yet but would encourage you to checkout feminist theologian rosemary radford ruether if you dont already know her work. she is catholic without the bad bits! Suspect you might like her.

  • Stephanie

    Libby Anne,

    I read your blog regularly and enjoy it very much. I’m a Christian woman and I homeschool my children(although my daughter will start public school next year). What I like about your blog is that it makes me think. I have been especially challenged by your homeschooling posts. At first I didn’t understand what you were doing; I thought you just hated homeschoolers and wanted to speak badly of them. But after reading your story and your posts on homeschooling, you’ve opened my eyes to realities I never knew existed, and for that, I am grateful. It’s amazing to me that I’ve never been exposed to the ugly side of homeschooling, which I know is partially my own fault. The people around me who homeschool often paint an unrealistic picture of homeschooling, which I think is very harmful. I’m wondering if you know anything about the Common Core Standards that our country is adopting. Some homeschoolers I know are all upset about them; they complain that the Common Core is socialist, environmentalist(oh, no!read sarcasm), and an indoctrination of diversity(again, oh no!*sarcasm). Would you consider writing a post about that if you know anything about it? It’s sad to say that I just don’t trust many homeschoolers’ opinion on the matter.

  • Nathalie

    Thank you for this thoughtful blog. I’ve been enjoying your posts on reproductive justice and are now delving into some of the other themes you discuss. It’s refreshing to read your critical but deeply empathetic and kind reflections.

  • Nathalie

    Thank you for this thoughtful blog. I’ve been enjoying your posts on reproductive justice and am now delving into some of the other themes you discuss. It’s refreshing to read your critical but deeply empathetic and kind reflections.

  • Ashley Wutke

    Libby Ann,
    I just read your article, “How I Lost Faith in the ‘Pro-Life’ Movement.” I also read your response article to the comments you received. I just wanted to thank you so much for writing what you did. Many of the people I know who talk about abortion can only do two things. They either thump the bible, or post monstrous pictures of babies aborted in the second or third trimesters. They, in fact, never talk about the issues you did in your article and the hypocrisy that comes from the pro-life side of this argument. People who are pro-choice also fail to make compelling arguments about abortion sometimes because they get their facts muddled or become too emotional to be effective in what they say. It’s very important, what you wrote. I am going to share it on my Facebook page and I hope that it spreads far and wide for people of all backgrounds to read. Thank you again for writing it.

  • bobthechef

    The title of this blog is like something from an IQ test. “Which one is not like the others?” The answer is pretty clear.

  • Molly W.

    I’m speechless. .. typeless???? I wasn’t aware intelligent, thoughtful and factual posts were even allowed on fb. You are my personal hero, Libby Anne. Thank you. You made my day. .. my week. Bravo.

  • Libby

    My name is Libby Ann and I think we have a LOT more than that in common. Looking forward to reading what you write.

  • Freddie

    Libby Anne,

    I am new to your blog, but I have spent the last three days reading nothing but your articles, and I have to say you’re amazing! As someone who came from a large, fundamentalist, pro-life, homeschooled family and de-converted in my late teens, I identify with much of your story and I find your posts EXTREMELY validating. You are the first blogger I have come across who actually shares much of my background and. I will be a follower for as long as you keep blogging.


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