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.

The Lesbian Duplex 12: An Open Thread

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It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Sorting Out the Good from the Bad

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In yesterday's blog post, I compared my relationship with my own children with my mother's relationship with my younger siblings, and with me as a child. I wrote as follows: As my own children have grown, it has become striking how different the relationship I have with them is from the relationship my mother has with my younger siblings who still live at home. Her relationship with her children is built on authority and obedience; my relationship with mine is built on mutual respect and trust. … [Read more...]

On Coming When You’re Called and Fear-Based Obedience

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Yesterday I argued that we sometimes hold higher expectations for our children than we do for ourselves. One example I gave was when parents expect their children to jump up and come immediately when called while they themselves feel free to take a moment to finish something when someone else calls them.I grew up with parents who expected obedience to be "immediate, complete, cheerful, and without question." Anything short of this was considered disobedience. Half of my many siblings are … [Read more...]

When We Expect More of Our Children than of Ourselves

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Some months ago Sally left the family iPad in a store. She had been reading interactive storybooks when it ran out of batteries, so she put it on the rack under the cart and subsequently forgot about it. We didn't realize it was missing until we got home. Needless to say, I was not happy. Actually, I was really quite upset. Sean took Sally back to the store to look for it, but they couldn't find it. I'm afraid to say that I was more than a little stern with Sally. I didn't punish her (after al … [Read more...]

Why Does Lily Work Two Jobs while Carl is Unemployed?

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I recently read a 2014 article titled For white working-class women, it makes sense to stay single mothers. I found the article fascinating. The authors, both law professors, focus on the story of Lily, a working-class woman who became pregnant and subsequently broke up with her boyfriend, Carl. As they explain, Lily was employed while Carl was not, and Lily found Carl a drain on her finances---a liability she could not afford while raising a child. As she puts it: “I can support myself. I al … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Lawyer

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisIf you remember from last week, we left off as Gwen and her father, Stan, planned to set up a meeting with a lawyer, Bill Walinski. Gwen had just received court papers asking her to present reason why her daughter, Casey, should not be removed by social services for a week for evaluation. Stan had met Bill while golfing, and so he was the first person he thought of.In the beginning of chapter three, Stan calls Bill, reminding him of t … [Read more...]

HSLDA on those “Radically Atheistic” Public Schools

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As my regular readers will know, I am in favor of allowing homeschooled students to play sports in their local public schools. Perhaps surprisingly, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has long remained neutral on sports access bills, declining to directly oppose them but refusing to support them. I've heard concern that allowing homeschooled children to participate in sports would require some form of academic oversight, but then that oversight would only apply to those who volunt … [Read more...]


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