CTNAHM: Dealing With Drama Queens—And Every Woman Is One

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Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 92---94Today we're talking more about those "female creatures". In an, I'm sure, flattering and equalizing light. Oh wait. Wrong book. Nope; it's more of the sexism we've come to know from Michael. Here goes! Drama, Drama, DramaAs a rule, women occasionally like to be stirred up. Visionaries and command men supply all the tension women can stand, but the Steady man provides only dull stability. … [Read more...]

Matthew Chapman, Child Marriage, and Homeschooling

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Yesterday I wrote about my concerns about child marriage in the Christian homeschooling world. In particular, I wrote about the Maranatha story, and included a mention of the marriage of Maranatha's daughter Lauren at age 16 to a man ten years her senior. I included a wedding picture from Lauren's wedding in the post, in order to make what I was talking about real. Blogger Lana of Wide Open Ground, who knew Lauren's family growing up, expressed concern at my use of that picture, saying that … [Read more...]

Testosterone: Biblical Patriarchy’s Kryptonite

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Several weeks ago, I talked to my mom about Doug Phillips' affair and the closing of Vision Forum Ministries. My mom talked about how sad that was, and how bad she felt for Doug's wife and children, all of which I'd been expecting. But she didn't stop there, and I hadn't expected her to."Well," she concluded, shaking her head, "he's male."And she clearly felt that explained it. But I was not content to let that go. "Actually mom, most guys manage to not cheat on their wives," I told her. … [Read more...]

Child Marriage and the Rest of the Maranatha Story

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Maranatha's courtship story has been told and retold in homeschooling circles at least since the 1990s, and is held up by many as an ideal. But there's one thing that is routinely left out of the story. Just how old was Maranatha Owen when she married Matthew Chapman at the culmination of a parent-guided courtship/betrothal process?We often think about child marriage as something that happens in other countries, but not here. I've generally thought of it that way too, even with my … [Read more...]

TTUAC: If You Love Your Children, You Will Beat Them

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To Train Up A Child, chapter 5, part 1We just finished chapter 4, "Tying Strings." Today we begin chapter 5, "The Rod." In this first section we look at how Michael disarms parental conscience by telling parents that God has commanded them to apply the rod to their child, and that if they truly love their children they therefore most do it whether they feel it is right or not. "I LOVE MY BABY TOO MUCH TO SPANK HIM"I observed a child possessed of continual discontent. His mother was … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Michael Explains about Women’s Monthly Cycles!

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need a Help Meet, pp. 90---92Last post we introduced Mr. Steady. According to Michael, he typifies Jesus Christ, but I've disagreed. Today we're talking about...wait for it...women's periods, and how they affect husbands. Yup. You read it here first. Michael's biology lesson isn't to help husbands understand the hormonal reactions so he can empathize with his (possibly) PMS-ing wife. Not. At. All. Michael gives us this … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Alix on Civility and Confrontation

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Reader Alix and I disagreed last week in a comment thread about the role of things like personal attacks in argument with those with whom you disagree. As you may know, my comment policy makes certain requirements of those who comment here. This is my blog, and as such I set the rules. Alix and I still disagree on a few particulars, but I offered er the chance to write a guest post on the topic. Here it is. A Guest Post by AlixLet me tell you a story.Way back, years ago (before I had … [Read more...]


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