Let It Gay? Subversive Messages from Disney’s Frozen

Over Christmas break I visited my parents to find not only my younger siblings but also my conservative evangelical mother obsessing over Frozen. I was shocked. I had to ask myself---did they even watch the same movie? Did they not see the messages I did? Did they hear the same lyrics? How could they see Frozen and not realize that it was about self acceptance and freedom from others' expectations---and moral standards?It seems at least one blogger did pick up on some of those themes: The ga … [Read more...]

“Don’t Lie to Me, Mommy!”

Sean and I have a bit of a habit of "kidding" each other, and it's something we've carried over to how we interact with the children. To explain what I'm even talking about here, I'm going to have to give an example. "Mommy, are we rich?" Sally asked me recently. "Well, we have plenty to eat and a safe place to live and lots of friends, so I'd say yes, we're rich," I responded. This was not the best answer, maybe, but I wasn't exactly in the position to explain things like global inequalities … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Debi Pearl Knows Nothing about Babysitting

To Train Up A Child, chapter 9, part 3This week we're finally going to finish the "Training Examples" chapter. I'm really at a loss as to what to bring out as a theme here, except that Michael and Debi apparently know nothing at all about children. Seriously, wait until you get to the end of this section. I knew more about children, and how they react and should be responded to, at age fifteen than Michael and Debi display here. BEGGARS CAN'T BE CHOOSERSA child should NEVER whine and … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Every Man Will Lose His Wife—Unless He Follows Michael’s Advice

A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 131---132We are still contrasting the three types of men. Today, though, we're going into depth about the weaknesses and strengths of Mr. Command, the Visionary, and Mr. Steady. Michael even makes some decent points. Contrasting the Three TypesEach type has extremes in how he relates to his wife. Good advice to one type would be inappropriate for a man of a different nature. It is important … [Read more...]

Emotion Control

Michael and Debi Pearl's five children are now raising children of their own. Each says they are following the same methods their father laid out in To Train Up A Child, which he first published in 1994, and several of them have begun writing regularly for the No Greater Joy newsletter. As I read their articles, I often wonder whether they are adding their own spin to their father's childrearing methods.The Pearls have begun applying this three-part personality system to children. A recent a … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Do Women Have Types?

You're probably wondering where today's Created To Be His Help Meet post is. I have some sad news---there won't be one, technically speaking. I cannot find my copy of the book, and believe me, I have looked everywhere! I have ordered a new copy (you can get them cheap if you buy them used) in case I do not find my copy, so your regularly scheduled installment will be back next Friday.I'm not going to let this break in my review series go to waste, though. I want to take some time to address … [Read more...]

Breaking: Bill Gothard Placed on Administrative Leave

WORLD magazine has just reported that the IBPL board of directors has placed Bill Gothard on "administrative leave." According to WORLD, the board of directors is now investigating the allegations of sexual harassment and worse, which I reported on several weeks ago.Only time will tell where things go from here. I sincerely hope the IBLP board of directors will take the allegations seriously and that Bill Gothard's culture of leader worship will be broken. There is part of me, though, that w … [Read more...]