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 resolve the main subplot, but the climax of the movie entails Elinor needing… 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 relevance of environmentalism on health and food. 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… 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… 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… 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… Read more

Worthwhile Reads: Home Births

Home Birth: Increasingly Popular, But Dangerous, on The Daily Beast. A few decades ago, home birth in the United States was mostly limited to insular religious communities like the Amish and to dedicated members of the counterculture like Gaskin, whose husband founded The Farm as a commune in the 1970s. In recent years, though, it’s moved toward the mainstream, spurred by the rise of attachment parenting, a reaction against a dysfunctional medical system, and pro-midwife documentaries like The Business of Being… Read more

Worthwhile Reads: Virginity and Creating a New Moral

Same ol’ Story, on Sarah Over The Moon “Once upon a time, there was a girl who was pure, virtuous, an angel in a white dress, and most importantly, a virgin. Then, one day, she met a boy and fell in love. Although the girl was committed to remaining pure, the boy kept pressuring her for more than she was willing to give. Using lies and manipulation, he convinced her to come into his bed. The girl feels dirty and… Read more

Temper tantrums, life, and calming down

Last week I took Sally to the park. When we pulled in, she completely freaked out. She started crying and yelling. No! Not here! Go back out, mommy! I responded as I normally do. Sally, it’s okay, calm down. Tell mommy what’s wrong. … Honey, just take a deep breath, calm down, and use your words. … Sally, I’m trying to listen to you, but I can’t understand what you want while you’re crying. This went back and forth for… Read more

Raised Evangelical: A Call for Participants

I’d like to invite qualifying readers to be involved in my Raised Evangelical project. Being a part of this project involves responding to a list of questions about your experiences being raised in evangelical or fundamentalist families and growing up to leave evangelicalism and/or fundamentalism behind. I will then post these responses and set them up in the Raised Evangelical section of my blog. You qualify to participate in the Raised Evangelical project if: You were raised in an evangelical or fundamentalist family.* **… Read more

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