My Brothers Too: Purity Culture and Double Standards

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Every time purity culture issues come up---purity rings, purity balls, saving your first kiss for the wedding---someone inevitably makes an argument about double standards. Sometimes these commenters are absolutely right---modesty discussions almost without fail involve a double standard---but other times, well, it's not so simple.In the conservative evangelical homeschool circles I ran in as a teen and young adult, boys didn't get a pass on not having sex before marriage. Guys were expected … [Read more...]

Brainwashed Shock Troops

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Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and probably the most visible Christian homeschool leader, is fond of calling his generation the Moses Generation and my generation the Joshua Generation. Christian homeschooling parents, he says, removed their children from the perils of Egypt (aka the public school system) and educated them in the wilderness (aka homeschooling them) in order to send them forth to conquer Canaan (aka take America back for Christ). This really … [Read more...]

Dear Prudence on Neglectful Homeschooling

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We recently saw Dear Abby respond to an isolated homeschooler, and now Dear Prudence has broached the subject of neglectful homeschooling in a reply to one of her readers.Q. Child Abuse—Nonphysical: My partner of 15 years has a 14-year-old grandson who visits us every other summer for a week. We have nurtured this young man as best we can. His mother moved him to another state when he was 6 and fails to follow the child-custody agreements (no school report cards, no weekly phone calls, li … [Read more...]

George Zimmerman and Race in America

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I was raised in a family where we "didn't see race." This was the world of "colorblind" conservatism. I believed we lived in a post-racial world where everyone was equal and it was the quality of your character that mattered, not the color of your skin. And then I grew up, and I realized that the era of racial equality I thought I had been living in was a fairytale---a myth.We are at this moment in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin. A friend of mine … [Read more...]

A Survey for Those Raised in Religious Homes!

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I've written before about the serious methodological problems besetting essentially every study of homeschooling. Well, it's about to move way beyond that. Brian Ray, founder the agenda-ridden National Home Education Research Institute, is now expanding his repertoire with a study of all young adults who grew up in religious homes. Here's how he describes the survey (which you can take here): This is a survey of those between the ages of 18-38 years old that grew up in religious homes. Our goal … [Read more...]

Teenage Daughters and Their Fathers

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I recently wrote about a group called "Bright Lights" that focuses on urging girls to abstain not only from sex and dating but also from male friendships---until marriage, of course. One of the conference topics, according to their website, is "Giving Your Heart to Your Father." One of the commenters responded to that as follows: I think the "Your Father" in the title meant God, but I could be wrong since there is the creepy incestuous vibe in the purity movement. I replied and let her know … [Read more...]

Erick Erickson—Concerned for Women’s Health?

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In the wake of the passing of the Texas abortion bill, which requires that abortions only be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and proponents claim was designed in the name of protecting women's health, I came upon this tweet by RedState founder Erick Erickson:The text reads "Dear Liberals, go bookmark this site now" and the link leads to a store supply warehouse website selling coat hangers. (Erickson now claims he was not being serious, and was just trying to mock liberal … [Read more...]


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