CTBHHM: In Which Debi Further Confuses Poor Sue Ann

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 243---245Now we come to a section titled "Three Key Issues: Remarriage, Birth Control, and Head Coverings). Remember that we are still in the chapter on being obedient to your husband. 1. But I'm Already RemarriedDear Mr. and Mrs. Pearl,It is sad to know you have missed God's will for your life. I want God's will and wiht the help of my church, I am willing to lay my life down for Christ.My first husband left. He filed for divorce (I never would, … [Read more...]

Melissa and Haley’s “Brave New Life”

Melissa of Permission to Live is writing a new series. Once upon a time there were two girls. One was very sad most of the time, she kept her head down and did what she was told, because she could not imagine ever being strong enough to do anything different. She hardly knew what it meant to dream, to have goals and ambitions, because her life was already mapped out for her by others, she just had to follow the rules and be the person she was supposed to be.The other girl was very afraid, … [Read more...]

Farris: Patriarchy Makes Kids Gays and Atheists

If you read my blog, you're probably aware of the Christian homeschooling subculture's patriarchy problem. A variety of prominent Christian homeschool leaders have been promoting patriarchal family structures at homeschool conventions and in homeschool publications for well over a decade, and two of those leaders---Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips---have recently fallen, engulfed in scandal. Michael Farris, another prominent Christian homeschool leader, has since come out criticizing these leaders … [Read more...]

Groundbreaking New Spanking Study

I recently came upon an article in the Scientific American discussing a fascinating new study just out in the Journal of Family Psychology. The study is titled "Eavesdropping on the family: A pilot investigation of corporal punishment in the home." As the report explains:We used audio recordings to investigate how parents use corporal punishment (CP). This is a prime topic to study because the extensive literature on the topic relies almost exclusively on self-reports. As the report goes on … [Read more...]

When Sexism Kills: Deadly Hurricane Edition

So it seems that hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with more male names, and that even within female names those that are more feminine tend to be the deadliest. Or so found an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But don't take my word for it! Read on! People are more afraid of a Hurricane Victor than a Hurricane Victoria, says a study out today from researchers at the University of Illinois."People may be dying as a result of the f … [Read more...]

Christian Homeschooling and Child Abuse Denialism

If you're a long-time reader, you're likely aware my series on HSLDA and child abuse, which includes their fight against child abuse reporting, their stonewalling of child abuse investigations, and their defense of child abuse. You've probably also read my viral "HSLDA: Man Who Kept Kids in Cages 'a Hero.'" If you read Homeschoolers Anonymous, you probably know that Doug Phillips, former HSLDA attorney and founder of the now-defunct Vision Forum, stated in 2009 that "We understand that the core p … [Read more...]

I Am Not “Anti-Homeschooling”

I recently came upon an article by homeschool mom Lisa Cherry on how homeschoolers should respond to the recent Bill Gothard and Vision Forum sexual abuse scandals. Her article is a bit of a mixed bag. Some of her suggestions---such as homeschool co-op meetings raising awareness about sexual abuse and the importance of labeling abuse as abuse---are good, but others---such as supporting homeschool legal defense organizations that oppose homeschooling accountability---are not so good.Most … [Read more...]