Farris: Patriarchy Makes Kids Gays and Atheists


If you read my blog, you're probably aware of the Christian homeschooling subculture's patriarchy problem. A variety of prominent Christian homeschool leaders have been promoting patriarchal family structures at homeschool conventions and in homeschool publications for well over a decade, and two of those leaders---Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips---have recently fallen, engulfed in scandal. Michael Farris, another prominent Christian homeschool leader, has since come out criticizing these leaders … [Read more...]

Groundbreaking New Spanking Study


I recently came upon an article in the Scientific American discussing a fascinating new study just out in the Journal of Family Psychology. The study is titled "Eavesdropping on the family: A pilot investigation of corporal punishment in the home." As the report explains:We used audio recordings to investigate how parents use corporal punishment (CP). This is a prime topic to study because the extensive literature on the topic relies almost exclusively on self-reports. As the report goes on … [Read more...]

When Sexism Kills: Deadly Hurricane Edition


So it seems that hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with more male names, and that even within female names those that are more feminine tend to be the deadliest. Or so found an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But don't take my word for it! Read on! People are more afraid of a Hurricane Victor than a Hurricane Victoria, says a study out today from researchers at the University of Illinois."People may be dying as a result of the f … [Read more...]

Christian Homeschooling and Child Abuse Denialism

Child Abuse Industry

If you're a long-time reader, you're likely aware my series on HSLDA and child abuse, which includes their fight against child abuse reporting, their stonewalling of child abuse investigations, and their defense of child abuse. You've probably also read my viral "HSLDA: Man Who Kept Kids in Cages 'a Hero.'" If you read Homeschoolers Anonymous, you probably know that Doug Phillips, former HSLDA attorney and founder of the now-defunct Vision Forum, stated in 2009 that "We understand that the core p … [Read more...]

I Am Not “Anti-Homeschooling”


I recently came upon an article by homeschool mom Lisa Cherry on how homeschoolers should respond to the recent Bill Gothard and Vision Forum sexual abuse scandals. Her article is a bit of a mixed bag. Some of her suggestions---such as homeschool co-op meetings raising awareness about sexual abuse and the importance of labeling abuse as abuse---are good, but others---such as supporting homeschool legal defense organizations that oppose homeschooling accountability---are not so good.Most … [Read more...]

Patriarchy in Name Only?


Evangelical Christians who believe in male headship and female submission but do not like the word "patriarchy" tend to use the term "complementarianism" instead. They speak of men naturally being better at some things (protecting, providing) and women naturally being better at other things (nurturing, caregiving), and speak of the two as "complements" of each other. While softer and gentler as eschewing the term, complementarianism, too, is patriarchy.But there's something very interesting … [Read more...]

Someone’s Got to Be Responsible for Her!


You all know I had a bit of a rocky time with my parents upon reaching adulthood. Well, I recently learned something I had not known that occurred during that period, and it surprised even me. I think I need to give a little backstory to make what I'm about to say make sense. I've told this in pieces, so let me sum it up.Upon completion of homeschool high school, I went away to college. I chose a secular college, with my parents' approval, because I wanted to finally win converts for Christ … [Read more...]