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.

Thanksgiving Stories and Traditions

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For those of us in the U.S., today is Thanksgiving. For the majority of Americans, Thanksgiving is best summed up as a combination of family and food (and sometimes football). Today I want to open the floor for swapping stories and traditions.My mother used to put two kernels of corn on each plate, and remind us that the winter after the first Thanksgiving was actually one of starvation for the pilgrims, the result of the added load of a shipload unexpected newcomers. She used the kernels and … [Read more...]

“The reason was ‘sex might happen’”


I appreciated this recent comment by reader smrynda:I got a real world look at something like purity culture when a friend of mine decided to try to meet guys online. She went on a date with a self-professed evangelical Christian and then afterwards, he made a big point that he would not go into her residence. The reason was 'sex might happen.' She said she was totally not having sex with him, but his reason was 'I trust you but not met.' So my friend asked him, 'are you admitting you are … [Read more...]

Missouri Musings


I first received news of the grand jury decision in Missouri Monday night from my Facebook feed. It was a status update only two words long:I knew what had happened immediately, and my stomach turned over. I opened twitter and began reading what was posted under #Ferguson, paying special attention to updates by people of color and those on the ground, including @Nettaaaaaaaa, @deray, @drgoddess, @WyzeChef. I learned of massive police action, and of rioting. As the grand jury report came … [Read more...]

When Unassisted Home Births Go Wrong

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I am not opposed to home birth, but I am absolutely opposed to unassisted home births. I recently came upon an article full of screenshots from unassisted home birth forums, and what I saw didn't exactly reassure me. But this wasn't my first introduction to unassisted home births.Around a year ago I read an article by a woman who described going into labor completely alone while her children slept. She wrote about how empowering it was as a woman to birth her child completely and totally … [Read more...]

Jill and Jessa Duggar Have “Covenant” Marriages


As some of you may have noticed, both Jill and Jessa Duggar have "convenient" marriages. Arkansas is one of three states a covenant marriage law. No-fault divorce laws have allowed couples to divorce without having to prove abuse or unfaithfulness, but Arkansas' covenant marriage law rolls that back. Couples with covenant marriages cannot simply get a divorce---and that now includes both Jill and Jessa.How does Arkansas' covenant marriage law work? Like this:Under a Covenant Marriage, a c … [Read more...]

“In both cases, we are talking about sexist oppression”

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Last week scientist Matt Taylor wore a shirt covered with scantily clad women for a live interview. When women called this out, one individual responded by creating a shirt covered with burka clad women, which he dubbed it feminist approved.Reader timberwraith responded to the burka shirt as follows:I'll share an observation of the burka vs. skin dichotomy made by many feminists long before this particular this gent's clothing issues reared its mediocre head. It doesn't matter whether yo … [Read more...]

Help the Coalition for Responsible Home Education Win a Grant!


The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), a nonprofit organization founded last year by homeschool alumni, has a chance to win a $1000 grant and needs your help! All you need to do is click on this poll and vote for them! It's super easy, and will only take a second. I've previously run guest posts by two of CRHE's board members, Kathryn Brightbill and Ryan Stollar. Some of you have asked what you can do to help homeschooled children. Well, now you have an opportunity!CRHE is cur … [Read more...]