The Raised Quiverfull Panel

The Raised Quiverfull panel is a collaborative effort by nine young adults from families influenced by the Quiverfull movement have come together to answer questions about their upbringing. While all of the participants have questioned and rejected the quiverfull ideology they were raised with, their current beliefs and positions vary.

The panel was created in the spring of 2012 and involves nine individuals. Of these, one is male, four are students, five are parents, and two (Melissa and Sarah) are siblings. For more, see also the Raised Quiverfull Project, which consists of the stories of these participants and more in individual survey format.

 

Introductory Questions

1) Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.

Click here to read responses to Question 1.

2) How did your parents first come under the influence of Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull teachings? What leaders did they follow and what publications did they receive?

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) In what ways was your family a “typical” Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull family? In what ways was it “atypical”?

Click here to read responses to Question 3.

 

Living the Life 

1) What sort of a church did your family go to while you were growing up? Were the other families who attended the church also involved in the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement?

Click here to read responses to Question 1.

2) In many ways, every Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull couple has a different dynamic. What sort of a dynamic did your parents have? Was one more sold on the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideology than the other? Or, if you grew up in a broken family, how did this affect your experience?

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) How often did you, your siblings, and your parents read the Bible? Were you guided by your parents or pastors in how to interpret the Bible, especially certain passages, or were you generally free to form your own ideas about what the Bible said?

Click here to read responses to Question 3.

4) What role did race play in the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull community in which you grew up? Were there any black or hispanic families? Were they treated differently?

Click here to read responses to Question 4.

 

A Gendered Childhood

1) How many siblings did you grow up with? Did responsibilities in your family differ by gender, with the girls having certain chores and the boys having others? Explain.

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2) If you were an older daughter, do you feel that you were expected to play “mother” for your younger siblings? Explain.

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) In what ways were boys and girls in your family expected to dress or act differently from each other? Were there certain things it was appropriate for girls to do but not boys, and vice versa?

Click here to read responses to Question 3.

4) In what ways were boys and girls in your family raised differently vocationally (i.e., the boys pushed toward careers and the girls pushed toward homemaking)? How did this play out as you came of age (apprenticeship, college, staying home, etc.)?

Click here to read responses to Question 4.

 

Homeschooling

1) Why and when did your parents originally decide to homeschool? Did their reasons for homeschooling change over time?

Click here to read responses to Question 1.

2) Briefly describe your experience being homeschooled, including the amount of interaction you had with other homeschoolers or non-homeschoolers (socialization) and what sorts of textbooks or homeschool program your family used (academics).

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3) What do you see as the pros and cons of having been homeschooled? Do you feel that your homeschool experience prepared you well socially? Academically?

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4) Do you perceive of your academic or social abilities differently today than you did when you were being homeschooled?

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5) Do you plan to homeschool/are you homeschooling your children? Why or why not? If you do plan to homeschool, in what ways will you/do you do it differently from your parents?

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Purity

1) What were you taught about physical purity, emotional purity, and courtship and dating? How was sex education handled?

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2) Did you participate in a parent-guided courtship? If so, what was your experience? If not, why not?

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) How do you feel about purity and courtship teachings today? Have you rejected some parts of it and kept other parts of it? How do you plan to handle these issues with your own children?

Click here to read responses to Question 3.

4) Do you feel that the purity and courtship teachings you were raised with still have lasting impact on your life today? If so, how?

Click here to read responses to Question 4.

 

Questioning

1) How were you first exposed to “mainstream” American culture? What were your first impressions?

Click here to read responses to Question 1.

2) What first made you question the beliefs you were raised with? Was this initial questioning a frightening or liberating experience?

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) What did you struggle with most when you were in the midst of questioning and/or leaving Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideology? What was the hardest part?

Click here to read responses to Question 3.

4) Among those you grew up around who were also raised with Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideology, what proportion has remained in the movement and what proportion has left?

Click here to read responses to Question 4.

 

Relating to Family

1) How did your parents and siblings respond to you questioning/rejecting their beliefs? How did those you grew up with respond?

Click here to read responses to Question 1.

2) What is your relationship with your parents and siblings like today? What is your relationship with those you grew up with who remained in the movement like?

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) For those who are no longer Christian, are you “out” to your parents or siblings? If so, how did you do it and how did they respond?

Click here to read responses to Question 3.

4) Have any of your siblings (or perhaps even parents) left Quiverfull/Christian Patriarchy ideology? How do you approach the relationships with siblings who have not?

Click here to read responses to Question 4.

 

Adjusting

1) Do you still feel as though you are “different” or that your past experiences emotionally isolate you from society?

Click here to read responses to Question 1.

2) Since most of the world doesn’t understand Quiverfull/Christian Patriarchy culture, do you feel this creates barriers in friendships or in romantic relationships? Do people have a hard time understanding you and your past?

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) What do you think is the biggest way being raised in a family influenced by Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideas has influenced who you are today?

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4) How did you perceive your childhood at the time compared to how do you see it now?

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5) Do you sometimes wish to go “back”?

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Helping Others

1) What advice do you have for other young adults currently questioning or leaving Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideology?

Click here to read responses to Question 1.

2) What was most helpful to you when you were questioning and/or leaving the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement?

Click here to read responses to Question 2.

3) What helps you the most today?

Click here to read responses to Question 3.

4) What suggestions do you have for those who might to help friends or relatives who grew up/are growing up in families influenced by the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement?

Click here to read responses to Question 4.


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