In God We Teach: A Documentary

Thought you all might find this interesting. It's a documentary about a court case over a history teacher's proselytizing in the classroom.  … [Read more...]

Dreams of Miscarriage

A little while ago, when I was about seven months pregnant, I had a dream that I miscarried (just so there's no confusion, it was a DREAM! Not real!). In my dream I looked at the little dead body, so close to being fully formed, and mourned. Not for the loss of a child but for the loss of an idea.I mourned for the loss of the potential second child I had so hoped to have, not for the loss of a particular beloved individual child. I mourned the fact that I would have to start pregnancy over … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Purity Complete

The Purity section of the Raised Quiverfull project is now completed and posted. Next week we’ll move on to the Questioning section. In case you missed any of the posts for last week, here are some ways to view them:For a summary of this section with links to each question, click here.For the questions and answers for this section on a single page, click here.   … [Read more...]

Crunchy Moms and My Desire to Belong

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A few weeks ago I linked to a blog post about circumcision on a website called Authentic Parenting. A reader emailed me, wondering if I knew that Authentic Parenting also promotes anti-vaccine links and misinformation, and asking if I meant to endorse the site itself. I replied that I did not realize that and that I am not anti-vaccinations and I added a disclaimer to my post. And then I remembered that I actually have a link to the Authentic Parenting website on my Positive Parenting Resources … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Letter to 18 Year Old Self

The Huffington Post recently published an article by a young woman who grew up in the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements and left at age 18. The article is called Christian Woman Writes Letter to 18 Year Old Self. In this article, Lauren Dubinsky seeks to give advice to other young people facing the same situations and choices she did.Something you may have noticed if you are following the Raised Quiverfull project is that young people who leave the Christian Patriarchy and … [Read more...]

“That’s a Bad Word”

I grew up in a home where "heck" was a bad word. And "dang." And "gee." And "gosh." Heck, after all, was just code for "hell," and dang was code for "damn," and gee was code for "Jesus," and gosh was code for "God." And thus they were all off limits. Shoot was about the only word that was okay, which is weird because I'm pretty sure that if the other words are really code, that one's code for "shit."When you're not allowed to say even the most innocuous swear words, you have to get creative. … [Read more...]

On Titles and Respect

Sierra's recent post, "Oh, 'Brother,'" made me think about just what I was taught to call adults growing up. Sierra writes that in her church she was encouraged to call other church members "Brother This" or "Sister That." We, in contrast, did not do that. I don't think my parents would have seen that as respectful, actually.My parents required us to always address adults with the titles "Mr." or Mrs." followed by a last name. If it was a fairly young adult, we might be allowed to use the … [Read more...]