Here are a couple articles to make you think: After Birth Abortion: The Pro-Choice Case for Infanticide, on Slate Abortion, Infanticide, Humanity, Free Speech, on Pandaemonium Read more

Back when I was working on putting together the homeschooling section of my blog, I found some really interesting tidbits. I though I’d share a few here: Why Homeschooling Should Be Regulated Why Are So Many Homeschoolers Fundamentalists? The methodological problems with research done by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) The connections between the HSLDA and the NHERI Read more

I’ve heard from so many people, especially women, who are utterly shocked at the progress anti-abortion forces have made in the last year and a half. Left and right bills are being passed that limit women’s ability to obtain abortions. The latest one in Georgia outlaws abortion after 20 weeks, with exception only given for pregnancies that are “medically futile” or threaten the mother’s life. There are initiatives to bestow personhood on zygotes and fetuses taking place all over the… Read more

One of my fellow bloggers in Patheos’ atheist portal – Leah of Unequally Yoked – suggested a little while ago that we do side-by-side Q&A posts. I took her up on the offer, and even let her write the questions (two blog-related, two personal, and two wacky)! Her answers are running here on Love, Joy, Feminism and mine are running on Unequally Yoked (click here to read them!). Q: What’s the target audience for your blog, what do you try to… Read more

In Part 1 I discussed the definition of emotional incest (note: it is not sexual); in Part 2 I discussed its relationship with the stay-at-home daughter dynamic of the Christian Patriarchy movement; and in Part 3 I discussed other ways emotional incest can occur as well. I am now going to turn to the problems and pain emotional incest causes. Emotional incest causes a multitude of problems, but I’m only going to address the three I see as most significant:… Read more

In putting together my blog’s tabs, I’ve been trying to incorporate documentaries I’ve found useful or informative or interesting. This one, Jesus Camp, encapsulates my upbringing if you subtract the speaking in tongues and add in some Quiverfull and Christian Patriarchy. And growing up, I attended events much like the camp shown in the documentary. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s worth a watch. Feel free to share your thoughts! Read more

In Part 1 I looked at the definition of emotional incest and in Part 2 I looked at how integral father/daughter emotional incest is to the Christian Patriarchy movement. I want to take a moment here to point out some other ways emotional incest can play out, both in families not involved with the Christian Patriarchy movement and between mothers and sons in families in the Christian Patriarchy movement. First, this from Wikipedia: Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman describes psychic incest as… Read more

I’d like to invite any of my readers who happen to be (a) atheists or agnostics and (b) parents to offer tips and anecdotes on parenting without God. Figuring out how to go about raising children outside of religion in a very religious country is an especially difficult one for those who, like me, were raised in religious families. Simply write your tip or anecdote (or several) as a comment on this post. I will collect together whatever tips and anecdotes… Read more

In Part 1 I discussed the definition of emotional incest. Today I will look at teachings of leading Christian Patriarchy organization Vision Forum and its close affiliates, the Botkins, which for all intents and purposes mandate emotional incest. Vision Forum teaches that adult daughters are to stay at home until they marry. More than that, it teaches that they are under their father’s authority just as they will after marriage be under their husband’s authority, and that while they remain at home it… Read more

I’ve just completed the section under another tab — the Christian Right. You can view this section either by clicking the tab itself (“Christian Right,” in the middle of the tabs immediately below the header) or by clicking here. As you will see, the section offers a basic summary of what I call the “purity culture,”followed by pages containing key posts and resources (websites, books, and articles). Please let me know if there is anything you think should be added to this section,… Read more

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