CTBHHM: God Does Not Override a Man’s Authority


Created To Be His Help Meet, 260-261We're in the section where Michael takes up the pen and explains the exceptions to the requirement for wives to obey their husbands. Last week we learned that it's all about spheres of authority---if a husband is inside his sphere of authority, his wife must obey; if he steps outside of his sphere of authority, his wife need not obey. But what is inside of the husband's sphere of authority and what is not? This week we learn the answer to that … [Read more...]

Q&A #1: Basic Questions and Conversations


This post is for 101-level questions and conversations about feminism, race, LGBTQ issues, disabilities, and related topics. General chatter should stay in the Lesbian Duplex, and discussions that focus on abortion should take place in Abortion Debates. If this is your first time in a Q&A thread, please read the post that marked the genesis of this feature---Whose Job Is It to Educate? If you are here to ask a question, remember that no one is obligated to educate you and be willing to do … [Read more...]

Strong-Willed Child: Children Value Strength


By VictoriaOriginally posted on Healing Victoria StrongThe Strong-Willed Child, p. 15The first paragraph of this section has left me shaking my head. We start this section by saying, “Everyone knows that they (children) are lovers of justice and law and order and secure boundaries. The writer of the book of Hebrew in the Bible even said that an undisciplined child feels like an illegitimate son or daughter, not even belonging to his family.” Hoo boy. Where to begin… Yes, children do … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Spheres of Authority


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 259-260In this section Debi asks Michael to write about when a woman is permitted to disobey her husband. Michael goes on for pages and pages, so we will only deal with the first few sections here. All Authority Belongs to GodPaul taught that we are to obey the higher powers, and yet there were times when he and the apostles obeyed God instead. We know that when the Jewish or Roman government commanded the early church to act contrary to Scripture, Peter … [Read more...]

Abortion Debates: Post #1


In the past, abortion debates have eaten threads and swallowed up the posts they're attached to. This crowds out discussion that pertains to the specific post topic rather than abortion in general, and it also can result in long and unwieldy comment sections that are difficult to navigate. This feature is designed as a solution to this problem. In the future, comment sections attached to posts on abortion should stick to discussion of the specific angle of the post, and general debating over abo … [Read more...]

Strong-Willed Child: Siggie the Dachshund


By VictoriaOriginally posted on Healing Victoria StrongThe Strong-Willed Child, pp. 11-15Warning: this section contains stories of animal abuse!!!So Dobson starts telling us about the number of pets his family has, and then he gets to Siggie the dog. If you’re familiar with Dobson at all, you’re probably somewhat aware of this story. Here is how he describes his dachshund Siggie: “Siggie is not only stubborn, but he doesn’t pull his own weight in the family. He won’t bring in the … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Obey vs. Submit


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 180-182This chapter is called Obey, Indeed?, and there's been some confusion-mostly due to Michael's writing-about the difference between obeying and submitting. However, say what you will about Michael, he is decent at solving problems that he creates. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the stirring difference between obeying and submitting. Your Helper, Not Your SlaveThe people at No Greater Joy work for me. … [Read more...]