My Father, an Enigma

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"Libby, you could be an engineer. You have the mind for it."My dad made this comment while we were in the car, driving by a factory of some sort. I was probably around sixteen. My dad's comment was completely offhand, and I didn't bother to respond. Inside, though, I was baffled. Why would my dad suggest such a thing? Didn't he realize that my lot in life, the lot God had designed for me, was to be a homemaker, raising children, caring for my husband, and tending the home? Couldn't he see … [Read more...]

“The Female Sin of the Internet”

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The very first blogger to write about Vision Forum president Doug Phillips' statement of resignation and repentance (it seems he had conducted a lengthy affair) was Julie Anne of Spiritual Sounding Board. Julie Anne is a homeschooling mother of seven who spent years in a spiritually abusive fundamentalist church following the trends and theology of the most conservative circles of the Christian homeschooling movement. In 2012, for a variety of personal and family reasons, Julie Anne left and … [Read more...]

Awesome Comment Award: AnotherOne on Repentance

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Frequent commenter AnotherOne had this to say in response to Doug Phillips' resignation as president of Vision Forum: I don't know what's more nauseating, his own hypocrisy, or the orgiastic confession/repentance spiel. This is one of the things that pisses me off the most about patriarchal fundigelical culture. They set up a system that gives men absolute power and stokes the fires of their insufferable egos. Then they promote perspectives on sexuality and romance that are completely out of … [Read more...]

Christian Charm Course: How Feminine Are You?

How Feminine Are You

Last week I promised you to dig up a Christian Charm Course book and share some of what it teaches. My mother taught my sister and I from the book when we were probably 12 or 13, and it is an excellent example of both purity culture and evangelicalism's frequent insistence that women should strive to be traditionally "feminine." I've heard of this book being used both in homeschool settings and in Christian schools, to give an example of its influence.Anyway, I recently found that another … [Read more...]

Be Still My Heart: Crushes and Guy-Girl Friendships

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By some quirk, the families we spent the most time with all had girls my age, and no boys my age whatsoever. I don't know why this was the case, because it wasn't like my mom was intentionally avoiding befriending people who had sons my age. Yes, there were a few families with boys my age in our homeschool community, and occasionally we were in the same co-ops with them. But in my family, it was difficult to form friendships with kids if their parents weren't friends of my parents, so I never … [Read more...]

Michael Pearl and a Victorian Poem

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I recently came upon a poem by J. E. Pollock. It was published in 1883 and was called "Woman's Influence." It's very Victorian, and it helps show just how many of Michael and Debi's ideas come straight from that era rather than from the Bible. Here's the poem (and here's the Michael post that most directly relates): WOMAN'S INFLUENCEBy J. E. PollockWHAT bliss that private life attains, How happy is that earthly lot, How blest to man that sacred spot Where woman's genial influence … [Read more...]

When Christian Homeschooling Violates Title IX

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Bill Gothard has long been big in Christian homeschooling circles. Thanks to Jeri Loftland, I was recently pointed to a website on which Gothard lays out some of his ideas concerning education. I'm going to quote Gothard's list and then pull out a select few items for further discussion. So without further ado, on to Gothard's "Advanced Seminar Session 16: Successful Education."The ultimate goal of education is not to produce a degree, but to produce many godly generations. God … [Read more...]


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