Then Why Didn’t You Tell Us That, Mom?

above rubies

"I want you to know that I never actually believed everything in those Above Rubies magazines," my mom told me when I was visiting home a while back."Then why didn't you tell us that, mom?" I asked. "I read every issue of that magazine cover to cover, and I always thought it was completely approved material."I don't know why my mother made that admission to me when she did. It was before the Mother Jones article about Kathryn Joyce's new book on evangelical adoption, which sheds light on … [Read more...]

A Few Leave . . . but Others Stay

Walk away

I recently read a post by Lana that made me think about everyone I left behind when I left my conservative evangelical patriarchal homeschool upbringing. With all the [ex] conservative homeschooler blogs out there nowadays, people may be under the impression that homeschool fundamentalism has virtually disappeared among homeschool alumni. To be sure, this Christian movement among homeschool graduates is dying a very slow and painful death. But it is so far from over, and I have so many friends … [Read more...]

Hey Ladies, Rock the Vote—by Not Voting


When I was sixteen, I was at a camp located in the fusion between "biblical" Christianity and capitalist patriotism. There was a man there with his children, and he was vetting me as a potential bride for one of his five strapping lads. Oh, this wasn't explicit---but in retrospect it was pretty obvious. Anyway, one question he asked me was what I thought about whether I thought women should vote. He explained that his wife did not. I think this may have been how I disqualified myself from being … [Read more...]

SMM: Chapter 1—Who Should Read This Book


A Guest Post by KateOriginally posted Time To Live, Friend. You probably shouldn’t read this book if you have problems with high blood pressure and/or are prone to throwing books across the room. The Botkins advice to readers is a little different: “Don’t read this book at all…if you have a bad attitude toward your father and if you are trying to keep your distance from him. Many girls enjoy having ‘space’ away from their fathers. That space is dangerous. This book is about protection … [Read more...]

Vision Forum’s History of America Mega-Conference

History of America Fake

Ahab of The Republic of Gilead attended Vision Forum's History of America Mega-Conference earlier this month. In this post I will offer links for each part of Ahab's series detailing his experiences and impressions there, offering an excerpt from each.Part I: First Impressions About a dozen vendors were manning tables at the conference -- mostly books, DVDs, and homeschooling curricula -- and their titled amused me. The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches seemed keen on gender r … [Read more...]

Scott Brown, Ladies Against Feminism, and Eugenics


Ladies against Feminism recently reposted a short article from Scott Brown's blog. The article consists of a paragraph of introduction and a quotation from Teddy Roosevelt. Today, the idea of having lots of children is looked upon with disdain, as if you hate the planet or have become one of those parasites of nature that needs to be restrained. Here is a blast from the past from a speech Teddy Roosevelt gave on motherhood in 1905: There are many good people who are denied the supreme blessing … [Read more...]

How I Used To Dress (with Illustrations)


I recently looked through some old photo albums from my teenage years. Oh, the memories that brought back. Clothing in the conservative Christian homeschooling subculture, especially the quiverfull variety, is quite the topic. I want to use some pictures to illustrate some points here, but I blog under a pseudonym so I really can't use my own pictures, and I don't want to violate some random person's privacy by dipping into google images. So instead I'm going to use some pictures of the Duggars … [Read more...]