“Homeschool Girls” Speak Back

Last week I wrote about Louis Markos' article, "Why Homeschool Girls Are Feminism's Worst Nightmare." Today I want to highlight three comments by other "homeschool girls" like myself. I thought these three comments were particularly insightful, and did not want them to be simply buried in that comment thread.First comes Lasselanta's comment. I have met Dr. Markos once or twice. He is engaging, lively, and a good speaker, and his students enjoy his classes. He also frequently falls into the … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Turn Your Husband in for Physical Abuse—Then Take Him Back

A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 120---122We are continuing in the section titled "Make Her or Break Her". And yes, it's as bad as you think. Trigger warnings for abuse. A Command Man's wife wears a heavier yoke than do most women, but if you cause her experience to be rewarding she will double and triple your life's work. She will quadruple your joy and you will become more than your mama ever dreamed. It's interesting that … [Read more...]


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 204---207Alright, story time! I've been waiting for this section for ages because . . . well.If you're new here, you've stumbled upon my page by page review of Debi Pearl's how to be a good wife manual Created To Be His Help Meet. Debi Pearl and her husband Michael run No Greater Joy Ministries, a fundamentalist ministry popular among conservative Christian homeschoolers. Michael is also the author of To Train Up A Child, a child rearing manual which I hav … [Read more...]

When Homeschool Parents Call Other Parents “Selfish”

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I was raised in the homeschool movement. I grew up on its ideas and its rhetoric. And yet, I send Bobby to daycare and Sally to preschool and will be sending both to public school when they are old enough. This runs smack up against the ideals of good parenting I was raised with, and in the eyes of some homeschool parents, it de facto makes me selfish. I was reminded of this by a facebook comment by a homeschool parent I noticed in the discussion of Virginia's HJ 92.I highlight this co … [Read more...]

Sorry Gentlemen, This Homeschooled Girl’s a Feminist

You know those moments where you step back from something and you're not even sure what you just read? I'm having one of those moments, because I just stumbled upon Louis Markos' article, "Why Homeschooled Girls Are Feminism's Worst Nightmare." Speaking as a homeschooled girl and a feminist, let's see what Louis has to say, shall we?I have become famous (or infamous) at my university for my ability to spot immediately a homeschooled girl, at least the kind of homeschooled girl who majors in … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Command Men Need Reverence and Respect!

A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 119---120***Possible trigger warnings for emotional abuse.***Make Her or Break HerIf a girl has been raised by a bossy mama and a silent Steady father and has not been taught the Word of God concerning her role as a wife, she will not understand or appreciate her Command husband's great need for respect and reverence. When a wife sees her husband as overly critical or demanding, she is … [Read more...]

Stand with Virginia’s Homeschooled Children

HSLDA recently sent an email to their members that included this line: Lobbyists who want to reduce your freedom have been visiting lawmakers urging them to support HJ 92. Will you help counteract their influence? Just who are those "lobbyists"? I happen to know because I read Ryan Stollar's blog. Last week, I had the honor of working with an amazing team of homeschool alumni (and one non-homeschooler) in Richmond, Virginia. All of us—representing ourselves and our growing alumni community, in … [Read more...]