Raised Quiverfull: Suggestions for Helping Others


What suggestions do you have for those who might to help friends or relatives who grew up/are growing up in families influenced by the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: Remember that it takes a long time for people to change their opinions and even longer to change a whole worldview.  Try to focus on any similarities in values that you share with them, and choose your battles extremely carefully.  If the parents trust you, they may allow their children t … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Another Brave Review

Brave Princesses, Avatars in Refrigerators, and the Trouble with Tomboys Here's the problem. The kyriarchy tells us that there are two gendered sets of virtues, and that masculine virtues are better than feminine virtues. For example:Masculine: Strength, Courage, Honor, Determination, Combat Skills Feminine: Compassion, Prudence, Negotiation, Calm, Emotional Intelligence, Domestic Skills...Ultimately, Merida very slightly for one moment adopts a couple of "feminine" virtues to … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Vision Forum hosts conference on food

Vision Forum Hosts Conference on Food Thus, Vision Forum has managed to weave patriarchy, fear of so-called "statism", and distrust of environmentalism into a conference on food. Their distrust of environmentalism does not surprise me, given Doug Philips' hostility toward environmentalists and Earth Day. Still, it disappoints me because environmentalism, sustainability, and food are closely connected issues. A conference on food issues could have been a perfect opportunity to discuss the … [Read more...]

Brave: Sierra explains why we disagree

Sierra just wrote a brilliant post explaining why we came to different conclusions about the movie Brave. (Read her review here and mine here.) I think she's completely hit the nail on the head (as usual!): I came away from watching Pixar’s Brave last Friday feeling a little let down by the high expectations I had after Tangled, but otherwise impressed. I was excited to see a film about a mother and daughter actually doing things together. In contrast, Libby Anne was worried about Merida’s willi … [Read more...]

Moments of silence

Have you ever experienced a "moment of silence"? You know, that awkward moment right after you say something without thinking and completely shock your conservative friend or relative? Let me offer some examples.Some time back I was out shopping with my mom. Me: "This looks like the kind of material my friend Anna is looking at for her bridesmaids' dresses. She's in full wedding planning at the moment, it's all she talks about." Mom: "Oh, that's sweet. When is her wedding?" … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Oh the Quiverfull Lot

Portrait of a Lady Last night, for some reason, I was thinking about Kelly Bradrick. You may not have heard of her but she was a poster girl for Stay at Home Daughters and then for the large Vision Forum “conference wedding” with lengthy, manly monologues and a first kiss at the altar. Kelly is the daughter of Scott Brown, the founder of the NCFIC and she married Peter Bradrick in August of 2006. Who could forget? Doug Phillips featured the wedding in an e-mail newsletter and raved about get … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: What Helps You Today?


What helps you the most today? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: I sometimes get discouraged about my residual childhood baggage, but it helps to remember how far I’ve come.  I also like to think of all the good things that are in my life now, and remember that I wouldn’t have them if I had stayed in the movement. Libby Anne: Having tasted freedom and the ability to make up my own mind and make up my own decisions allows me to hold up even when things are difficult with family members or frie … [Read more...]