CTBHHM: Wear a Sack


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 201---202We're in Debi's chapter on being "chaste," and not surprisingly, we're discussing modesty. I actually found this passage really interesting myself, because there are several times when Debi departs from the conventional evangelical script---though not in good ways. A chaste woman is a modest woman. God speaks of a woman maintaining her chastity and purity by the clothes she wears. "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: The Commanding Servant?


A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 112---114When you think of a Command Man, what words pop into your head? Tyrannical? Demanding? Unreasonable? Selfish? Those were the first few I thought of. But today, we get to talk about another side of the Command Man. Mr. Command, the servant. Because Mr. C is based off of God, and everybody knows God the Father is so serving...I'm lost.I'll let Michael explain! Good Command Men Are … [Read more...]

Raising Little Terrorists: Threats and Ultimatums Gone Wrong


"Mommy, stop your typing right now, or I'll color on the table with this marker.""Sally!" I burst out, "I will not let you threaten me like that!"And then I had a sudden realization and my annoyance evaporated. Sally, age four, had been issuing ultimatums like this with increasing frequency over the previous week, but it was only at this moment that I put two and two together and figured out where this was coming from. Sally had learned to issue threats to get her way from me. Stop … [Read more...]

“Too Much Estrogen”? HuffPo Sets It Straight


I've felt for quite some time that many men are so used to male domination that gender equality feels to them like female domination. Do you know what these men don't have? The experience of living as a woman in a world that is in many ways still very male dominated. Just like white people frequently don't notice an absence of diversity in a movie while people of color will generally be keenly aware of that absence, even so men are frequently unaware of just how male dominated so many things … [Read more...]

Just Whose “Freedom” Is HSLDA Defending?


"Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling" is the title of the most recent HSLDA "elert," an email calling the organization's membership to action. With this title, HSLDA begins its call to action with a lie. No one has attacked faith-based homeschooling. No one has called for the curtailing of faith-based homeschooling. Indeed, no one has challenged faith-based homeschooling in the slightest. What is at stake is not faith-based homeschooling, but rather a religious exemption that … [Read more...]

It’s About Damn Time, Disney

Elsa Anna marriage

In Disney's Frozen, several characters call a princess out when she meets a handsome prince at a ball and falls in love  and gets engaged on the spot. To be honest, when Elsa told Anna "you can't marry a man you just met," I about fell out of my seat. Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty---these Disney movies praise princesses who fall in love and settle their futures on the spot, whether after one ball or after even less. While some of the more recent princesses have been more creative, … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Applying the Rod


To Train Up A Child, chapter 6We have now arrived at chapter 6, "Applying the Rod." It's a short chapter, so we're going to cover the whole thing today. Michael touches on abuse in this section, i.e. actually (he thinks) addresses it, so get ready! TO DO MY DUTYWhen the time comes to apply the rod, take a deep breath, relax, and pray, "Lord, make this a valuable learning session. Cleanse my child of ill-temper and rebellion. May I properly represent your cause in this matter." No … [Read more...]