Michael Pearl and a Victorian Poem

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...]


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A Stroll in History: Suffragette Postcards

I recently came upon a scattering of old suffragette postcards via the Atlantic and I thought I'd share. Some are pro and some are anti, and I'm betting you'll be able to figure out which are which! I didn't even know this was a thing! There are more here as well. Enjoy! … [Read more...]


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Vision Forum’s History of America Mega-Conference

Ahab of The Republic of Gilead attended Vision Forum's History of America Mega-Conference earlier this month. In this post I will offer links for each part of Ahab's series detailing his experiences and impressions there, offering an excerpt from each.Part I: First Impressions About a dozen vendors were manning tables at the conference -- mostly books, DVDs, and homeschooling curricula -- and their titled amused me. The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches seemed keen on gender r … [Read more...]


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Vision Forum and “Historical Revisionism”

American history today isn't what it once was. There was a time when American history privileged the white, the wealthy, and the Christian, and ignored the stories of marginalized, the complexities of events like the American Revolution, and the genocide of the Native American population. This has changed, and universities today tell the stories of the marginalized and challenge traditional black and white patriotic narratives. Not everyone is happy with this, however. Are you and your children … [Read more...]


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A New York Times Op-Ed on Illegal Abortion

Last week the New York Times published an op-ed on the history and reality of illegal abortion. Here's an excerpt:Leeches, Lye and Spanish Fly By KATE MANNINGWHY would a woman put a leech inside her body, in the most private of female places? Why would she put cayenne pepper there?Why might a woman swallow lye? Gunpowder? Why would a woman hit herself about the abdomen with a meat pulverizer? A brickbat? Throw herself down the stairs?Why would she syringe herself, int … [Read more...]


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Jane Austen, Mr. Collins, and Rape Culture

What we call "rape culture" is nothing new, and its roots go deep. The "no means no" campaign on first glance seems to be too obvious to need saying. Except that it's unfortunately not. This statement is probably the one thing from the whole Nice Guys of OK Cupid thing that stuck with me the most: A No is just a Yes that needs a little convincing! To be honest, this is frightening to me. And maddening. The idea that I could tell a man "no" and have him see that as a challenge rather than an an … [Read more...]


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Removing the Romance from Pride and Prejudice

As the leaders of Christian homeschool movement embrace the (supposedly) virtuous past as a contrast to our (allegedly) hedonistic presence - emphasizing female chastity and male chivalry and even, yes, holding historically themed tea parties - they often seem to zero in on the nineteenth and early twentieth century as a sort of ideal era. And yet, this fascination with the Victorian era, along with the years immediately before and after it, often includes an embrace of literature that seems to … [Read more...]


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