Stuff White People Say


When we talk about "privilege" one thing we mean is that it can be easy to miss the little everyday indignities or challenges minorities face when you are not yourself a minority. I remember reading an article written by a black alumnus trying to explain to his white brothers and sisters in Christ what it was like to be a minority at an evangelical college. He talked about all those little things, things white students may not even notice, and how they pile up.I thought these videos did a … [Read more...]

The Strong-Willed Child: Dedication


While my parents drew primarily on the child-rearing advice offered in Michael Pearl's┬áTo Train Up a Child, they also read James Dobson. There are many differences between Dobson and the Pearls. Dobson is evangelical rather than fundamentalist and is more widely known; Dobson has a degree in psychology, which lends him a aura of credibility; and the language of Dobson's books is more scientific and thus comes across as more credible. In spite of these differences, I don't recall my parents ever … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Love Never Enslaves!


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 177---178Today we're distinguishing between women being subservient to their husbands, and women being subservient to all men everywhere. Oh, and the fact that Michael thinks women and children deserve dignity. Cuz that was news to me. Domestic Subjection OnlyIn the Christian world there exists a general concept that women are privates walking among an equal number of generals, all of whom must be saluted … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: What about the Head Covering?

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 248---250Once again, Debi starts with a letter. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pearl,I wonder if you would explain to me just what it means when Scripture says that a woman should wear a covering. A good friend sent me a booklet called "Should She Be Veiled." God has convicted her about wearing a covering, and she wanted to share the joy of the covering with me. My husband things I am silly and refuses to even talk about the issue. He told me I could do what I … [Read more...]

Tilting at Straw Feminists

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about seeing an offensive sexist shirt at my local YMCA, and then speaking with the staff about developing a policy on sexist, etc., messaging on clothing. As I read through the comments left by the variety of self-ascribed Men's Rights Activists and their supporters that descended on that post, I was struck by how thoroughly they misunderstand feminists like myself. It's almost like they're too busy creating a straw-feminist effigy of me to actually read what I … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Women Are Cursed—Twice!


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 175---177Hello, all. Thank you for your patience and support while I sorted out my personal life.To recap the last few sections, Michael is talking about women obeying men. He shies away from the word "obey", and instead uses subjugation, servitude, and under authority. But he means the same thing.Today's section is all about the two-fold curse on women, thanks to Eve. Yes, ladies, you read that right. … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about Social Services, part II


I wrote yesterday about the fear of social services I received from my parents and from the wider homeschooling community. Once I grew up I realized that this fear was both irrational and counterproductive. Social services was not the enemy, and social workers do important work protecting children from abuse and neglect. Sure, social services isn't perfect, and they sometimes make mistakes. But what good does teaching children to be afraid of social services do? Absolutely none at all. When I … [Read more...]