The Radical Notion That Children Are People

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I saw this image recently when it flew around facebook like wildfire in response to recent gentle parenting memes. And yes, one of my relatives posted it approvingly.And so I have to wonder, what is it with this idea that violence against children is something to be treated so lightly, like a joke, or even directly embraced? What is this?! We wouldn't let people get away with saying "back in the day, when we could beat our wives without being sent to jail, women knew to keep their … [Read more...]

Navigating the Cultural Transition

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It's funny just how much religion permeated every inch of my life growing up. Evangelicalism and fundamentalism don't just involve abstract beliefs, but are actually cultures with their own phrases, activities, and icons. Bible club, church camp, "quiet time," jean skirts...it's all encompassing. Growing up evangelical or fundamentalist, every single little bit of your life is affected by your family and church's religious beliefs. There are even dialects - jean skirts are more typical of … [Read more...]

“When God Closes A Door”

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Have you ever heard the phrase "sometimes God closes a door"? It was a common phrase in my evangelical upbringing. If you, say, were applying for a job and then didn't get it, well, you would say that God "closed that door." And this was good, of course, because by closing a door God was guiding you to something better for you.See, growing up as an evangelical Christian meant growing up believing that God was intimately involved in our lives in very real ways. We believed God was present, … [Read more...]

What the history of feminism has to teach Atheism+

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As many of you certainly know, over the past year there has been a lot of talk within organized atheism about creating inclusive spaces – making sure that women, minorities, and LGBTQ individuals feel safe and welcome at conferences, in local groups, and in the online community. I think that one of the most important things to come out of all of this is that we need to oppose hostile environments. We need to make sure that everyone, regardless of their sex, race, or gender orientation is c … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: What Helps You Today?

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What helps you the most today? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: I sometimes get discouraged about my residual childhood baggage, but it helps to remember how far I’ve come.  I also like to think of all the good things that are in my life now, and remember that I wouldn’t have them if I had stayed in the movement. Libby Anne: Having tasted freedom and the ability to make up my own mind and make up my own decisions allows me to hold up even when things are difficult with family members or frie … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Do You Wish You Could Go Back?

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Do you sometimes wish to go “back”? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: The further from the movement I am, the happier I become.  I have never had a desire to return or any feelings of nostalgia about it. Libby Anne: Not recently, no. For a while there though I did sometimes wonder if it wouldn’t simply be easier to step back into good-obedient-daughter-mode. I knew how to wear that hat, and I knew I could put it back on and everything would be right again. Except that it wouldn’t, not internal … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Continuing Influence

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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? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: I feel grateful that I have seen the world through two completely different worldviews.  I feel like it makes me able to relate to more people, which is useful in my profession because I have to facilitate interaction between people from very different cultures.   It also helps me understand both sides of the po … [Read more...]


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