Worthwhile Reads: The Modesty Myth

I am encouraged to see more and more bloggers, especially those with personal experience with it, taking on the modesty teachings of the purity culture. A few months ago blogger Sierra wrote a series of posts on the teachings of the modesty doctrine. I have also written on the problems with modesty and the purity culture. Now, just this last week, blogger From Two to One has a five-part series out on modesty. Her first post is an introduction, her next three deal with the six main problems she se … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Reasons for Homeschooling

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Why and when did your parents originally decide to homeschool? Did their reasons for homeschooling change over time? Joe: My family knew nothing about homeschooling until we met the esteemed, Bill Gothard.  Then, when Mama fell in love with every word that dripped off his tongue, she viewed his homeschooling program as the only program worth belonging to.  Little did I know this would be a huge blessing in my life.  I considered it a curse at the time, as you will soon see. In 1992, Bill Go … [Read more...]

Documentaries: The Assassination of Dr. Tiller

In putting together my blog's tabs, I've been trying to incorporate documentaries I've found useful or informative or interesting. This one, The Assassination of Dr. Tiller, examines last year's murder of the prominent abortion doctor, Dr. Tiller, but it also deals with so much more, including the highly problematic and destructive tactics adopted by many in the anti-abortion movement. Sorry I can only offer you the preview!Feel free to share your thoughts! … [Read more...]

Why I Went to a Secular College

I grew up in family strongly influenced by the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements. I was homeschooled in order to be "sheltered" and "taught God's truth," and was taught that my role was to be a homemaker and that I was always to remain under male authority (first father, then husband).Given this, my readers have asked why I was sent to a secular college, or even to college at all. Since I've been asked this multiple times, I thought it only fair to write a post on it. So, here … [Read more...]

Guess What? No Longer Quivering is now on Patheos!

No Longer Quivering has now moved to Patheos. Vyckie and her assistant Calulu are still working on getting all the previous material set up and organized, but feel free to head over and take a look at the new site!Vyckie started the No Longer Quivering website several years ago as a way to begin speaking out against the beliefs and teachings of the Quiverfull movement, and numerous women, whether ex-Quiverfull mothers or ex-Quiverfull daughters, have told their stories there. I actually … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: A Gendered Childhood Complete

The Gendered Childhood section of the Raised Quiverfull project is now completed and posted. Next week we’ll move on to the Homeschooling 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...]

Christian Patriarchy and Bodily Ownership

My mother taught my sisters and I that our bodies belonged to our father. She told us that if we wanted to alter our bodies by a piercing or tattoo, that had to go through him - even if we were adults. She told us that once we married, our bodies would belong to our husbands, and we would likewise have to get permission from them to alter our bodies in any way.Christian Patriarchy teaches that every female has a god-given male authority, or male "head," to whom she must submit. And submit … [Read more...]