Mark Driscoll (Re)Invents Patriarchy

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You know what is interesting? Essentially every time conservative evangelical leaders wax on about patriarchy, they act like what they're preaching is new and shiny and totally different from that bad woman-hating patriarchy thing we had in the past. As an example of this, I give you Mark Driscoll's January sermon, "Real Men: Men and Marriage," which Ahab of the Republic of Gilead has transcribed for us. In it, Driscoll preaches the same-old age-old patriarchy but appears to think that what he's … [Read more...]

Your Birth Name Is Your Identity? Says Who?

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Jill Filipovic recently penned an article against name changing for the Guardian. Or I should say, an article against women changing their names upon marriage. With all due respect to Jill Filipovic---and I have a lot for her---I very much disagree with her on this one.Jill's main point is this: When women see our names as temporary or not really ours, and when we understand that part of being a woman is subsuming your own identity into our husband's, that impacts our perception of … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Created in the Image of Man

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 75-76In this section Debi argues that there are three basic "types" of men, but that women, unlike men, are fluid and flexible, able to become the "composite" of any of those three types depending on who they marry. But Debi says that teenage girls and young women generally fix on an ideal male type, whether it is that of their father or that of a character in a book or movie, and go about making themselves into composites of this type. This creates problems … [Read more...]

Homeschooling under the Influence

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After I wrote my posts on academics and socialization, I realized that there is another way homeschooling affected my life---and it's no less significant. In fact, it's a whole lot more significant. Quite simply, homeschooling affected my life because it changed my parents. When I was born, my parents were fairly ordinary evangelical Christians. That didn't last. Their involvement in the homeschool movement introduced them to new ideas they had not before been exposed to---ideas put forward by … [Read more...]

Awesome Comment Award: Ako on Education

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As you know, I sometimes share comments I feel are particularly interesting or insightful. Today I want to share a comment reader ako left on my post yesterday about my academic experience being homeschooled: One thing that sticks out for me about academics and homeschooling is how much any success is treated as a credit to the whole system, which is not true of public schools.I had an excellent public school education, which encouraged my creative writing talent, exposed me to a wide … [Read more...]

Homeschooling, Socialization, and Me

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When it comes to homeschooling, the two issues people seem to be most concerned about are academics and socialization. In yesterday's post I talked about academics, and in today's post I will address socialization.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. For that entire period, the kids I interacted with regularly were almost universally the children of my parents' friends. Because my parents' friends were, like them, white, middle class, evangelical homeschool parents, my … [Read more...]

Homeschooling, Academics, and Me

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When it comes to homeschooling, the two issues people seem to be most concerned about are academics and socialization. In this post I will talk about academics, and in tomorrrow's post I will address socialization. My mother was a stay at home mom, and when I reached kindergarten age, she just couldn't stand to send me off to school. She'd heard of this new thing, homeschooling, and figured it'd be hard to mess up kindergarten. How hard can it be to teach a kid her letters and numbers, after … [Read more...]


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