Under Her Father’s Authority

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In many ways, my upbringing and background isn't that weird. Yes, I had twice as many siblings as most people have cousins, but in general my upbringing was very normal---for the evangelical subculture, that is. But when I tell people about my background, the thing that always trips them up is the part about unmarried adult daughters being under their fathers' authority, to the point of requiring complete submission and obedience. This is . . . weird, even for the evangelical world. But in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: “You Are Not Your Own”: Unmarried Women Belong To Their Parents?

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A Guest Post by Sarah MoonOriginally posted on Sarah over the Moon, an awesome blog full of feminist analysis of evangelical culture***Trigger Warning for rape, sexual assault***In case you haven’t been following my You Are Not Your Own series (you can catch up here), I analyzed four Christian dating books (Real Marriage, When God Writes Your Love Story, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and Dateable) and I came up with four significant findings related to the area of rape and sexual a … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: In Which a Woman Dares to Assert Agency

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 138-139In this section, Debi tells a story. A few years ago, I attended a meeting with my husband where a group of leading men were discussing grave matters, trying to come to a conclusion as to what course of action they should take. The men sat in a circle, with their wives sitting beside or right behind them. Remember, in Debi's world the men do all the discussing and make all the decisions while the women sit quietly by smiling and nodding. Sitting across … [Read more...]

Because We Thought HSLDA Cared about Us

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A recent comment by J on Homeschoolers Anonymous' crosspost of my post about the Josh Powell story caught my eye. In general, I appreciate your efforts to lobby HSLDA to be more sensitive to issues like this, but I think it’s important to remember that HSLDA provides legal services and is bound by certain ethical and legal duties that could prevent it from expressing sympathy for Josh Powell. If HSLDA represents a party involved, they have an ethical responsibility not to make public statements … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Sense of Compassion, HSLDA?

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Josh Powell wanted to go to school so badly that he pleaded with local officials to let him enroll. He didn’t know exactly what students were learning at Buckingham County High School, in rural central Virginia, but he had the sense that he was missing something fundamental.By the time he was 16, he had never written an essay. He didn’t know South Africa was a country. He couldn’t solve basic algebra problems. So starts a recent Washington Post article about Virginia's religious exempt … [Read more...]

Contraception, Exploitation, and Perversion

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As you may know, my How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement post last November went viral. Well, it's still being read, and people are still commenting. There's one response I've gotten lots more than once that has really set me back, scratching my head. Here's an example: Contraception also perverts sex. What, woman are free to be used by men? Men can now satisfy their lust without any fears of taking responsibility. I wish woman and men were more respected. You are made for more. The thing … [Read more...]

SMM: Chapter 2—What Daughters Have Been Missing

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A Guest Post by KateOriginally posted Time To Live, Friend.In this chapter we learn that fathers are supposed to be our best friend and confidant! “Our fathers are supposed to be dear, trusted confidantes and friends….our knights in shining armor, our protectors, our guardians, and they are even supposed to represent God to us” (17). I’m just not even sure how to start responding to this. Confidante and friend? Knight in Shining Armor? God to us? Where does it say that in the bible? Oh rig … [Read more...]


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