Purity Culture and Staying in Abusive Relationships

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There is one part of the purity doctrines that I don't think has been talked about often enough, and that is that the emphasis on sexual or emotional purity leads women to stay in abusive relationships rather than leave, because if they leave, having given up their sexual and emotional purity, they will be ruined and no other man will have them. This reality was recently elucidated in a rather moving post by Samantha of Defeating the Dragons: When I was fourteen, I went to a month-long summer c … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Fundamentalist Homeschooling Is a Poison

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A Guest Post by Isaiah I have mixed feelings about homeschooling, to say the least. While I find many, if not most, of the common criticisms of homeschooling to have some kind of validity, I still feel myself cringe when homeschoolers are caricatured as deranged fundamentalists since I know from experience that there is more to the story. My experience with homeschooling consists of extremely varied highs and lows---the highs of a dedicated and capable parent as a teacher, an education that fit … [Read more...]

HSLDA’s Stonewalling of Child Abuse Investigations

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This is the third post in a series on the role the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) plays in aiding and abetting child abuse. In the last post I wrote about HSLDA's efforts to decrease the reporting of child abuse; in this post I will write about the role HSLDA has played in encouraging the obstructing of child abuse investigations. In a nutshell, HSLDA encourages its member families to do whatever they have to to prevent social workers from talking to their children alone, has … [Read more...]

The Boston Marathon Bombings and a Manhunt

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Boston and the surrounding suburbs have been essentially shut down today for the manhunt of the remaining Boston marathon bombing suspect. I know I have readers in that area---please stay safe everyone! This sort of manhunt doesn't happen all that frequently, and every time it does it makes me appreciate the role law enforcement plays in our society. My thoughts go out to the fallen officer.Between the Boston marathon bombing and the fertilizer plant explosion, I've been glad that we don't ha … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Don’t Resist, Confront, or Challenge

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 100-104 A wise woman does not dream of what "could have been." ... Therefore, she is joyful and content in her present circumstances. In this section, Debi will argue that you need to impose a sort of thought policing on yourself, and that discontentment stems not from bad circumstances but rather from wrong expectations. There is of course some kernel of truth here: If you constantly dwell on the problems in your life, you are likely to feel down and miserable … [Read more...]

Up Is Down and Down Is Up

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I recently came upon this quote from the Botkins, and it reminded me of everything I left behind when I rejected my parents' belief that, as an unmarried adult daughter, I was under my father's authority: Many stay-at-home girls believe that, as they become adults, their fathers’ jurisdiction over their lives will lessen. They feel that, in order to mature into individuals able to think and act for themselves, they must be “liberated” from another’s input into their lives. This is because we’re … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why HSLDA is Wrong about Romeike v. Holder

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If you follow the conservative media or have conservative facebook friends, you may know that there is a large brouhaha going on at the moment over the threatened deportation of a German homeschooling family that was originally granted asylum in the United States in 2010. Curious about the facts of the case, which conservatives are using as evidence of the evils of the Obama administration, the persecution of homeschoolers, and the fragility of American religious freedom, I asked a law student … [Read more...]


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