Quoting Quiverfull: Painting Feminists?

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

Jenny Chancey at Ladies Against Feminism March, 20, 2010

We’ve never painted feminists with that broad brush. But it would behoove those who want to claim the title of “feminist” to look carefully into the history of a movement that has done real damage to women and families in the name of “equality.” It also wouldn’t hurt to consider that the woman who chooses to reject feminism and remain at home is not a mindless doormat who has been robbed of her “core of self.”

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  • Jenny Islander

    Wow, strawman much? I did “remain at home” (after years in the workforce but still) and I most definitely did not “reject feminism.” Also, what damage?

  • saraquill

    Isn’t a “mindless doormat who has been robbed of her ‘core of self’” an end result of endless submitting even in the face of dreadful abuse?

  • http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/ Retha

    I clicked on the link to LAF, to read the article this comes from. Chancey actually condemns herself even further. She actually knows and admits: “we do not seek to lump all those who call themselves feminists into the same category. Even feminists disagree about what feminism means…”
    Despite knowing the wide variety of meanings given to the word, they feel content to call themselves opposed to feminism, not just a few expressions of it. Some meanings of feminism have to do with basic justice – the dictionary define it as “1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”
    If you know the meaning of the word, and oppose feminism nevertheless, you are an opponent of basic justice, treating people the same before the law.
    She then say that she “lets feminists speak for themselves” and then quotes among others Vladimir Lenin – twice -, whose administration oversaw many human rights abuses. Erm, feminism believe in human rights for all.
    Chancey turns to how divorce law say it is not safe to devote your life to housework and child raising. But divorce law can, of course, be seen as the effect, not the cause, of staying in your husband’s home not being a safe choice.
    She calls working women a disadvantage wrought by feminism, while women have always – except perhaps a few rich ones – worked.
    We’ve never painted feminists with that broad brush. But it would behoove those who want to claim the title of “feminist” to look carefully into the history of a movement that has done real damage to women and families in the name of “equality.” It also wouldn’t hurt to consider that the woman who chooses to reject feminism and remain at home is not a mindless doormat who has been robbed of her “core of self.”
    Considering the dictionary definition of feminism, that would mean:
    “Women who choose to reject political, economic or social equality, who oppose activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests, are not mindless doormats who have been robbed of their core of self.”
    Despite rejecting, by the meaning of feminism, ” activity on behalf of women’s interests”, Chancey claims to be working for the real interests of women.
    My head hurts.

  • Bill S

    “But it would behoove those who want to claim the title of “feminist” to look carefully into the history of a movement that has done real damage to women and families in the name of “equality.””

    Feminism has done more good than harm to women and families. How can she come up with a statement like that with no evidence to back it up?

  • Sargasso Sea

    “equality”

    There is a very, very widespead false imagining (or re-writing of history) of the second wave of feminism having been, at its roots, an effort for equality between the sexes. It was, in fact and in deed, an effort for the Liberation of women from the oppressions of Patriarchy. Liberation – as in Liberty – not “equality”.

    It was mostly during the dying days of the Equal Rights Ammendment (in the US at least) that the equality rhetoric/faction bloomed – it was the major harm-reduction technique and political concession to the patriarchs: Okay, we’re not actually human like you but you can kind of pretend that we are “equal” to you by promising us a lot of things that we never really end up realizing.

    My point is that our anti-feminist Lady might be quite shocked to learn that she seems to agree with the super minority (?) faction of feminists who also criticize “equality” rhetoric and are also vilified (a la guilt-by-association) for it by men no matter their politics, economics, religion or race.

    As with any *history*, feminist or otherwise, it is altered and mainstreamed to serve the victor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucrezaborgia Lucreza Borgia

      The square quotes say it all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucrezaborgia Lucreza Borgia

      Scare! Gahhh

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucrezaborgia Lucreza Borgia

    “The correct way to punctuate a sentence that states: “Of course it is none of my business, but — ” is to place a period after the word “but.” Don’t use excessive force in supplying such a moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  • Wendy

    These people drive me nuts! It makes me want to bang my head against a wall. They do not and never realize that feminism gives them a CHOICE. You can choose to stay at home or work. Then again they are against women having freedom to do anything but stay home and have babies even if you are horrible at it and could be serving the world, ‘God’ and humanity better as a doctor healing the sick (for example). We all know a woman that chooses that is evil and will burn in hell forever. These ‘women’ make me so mad at their ignorance. I would rather shoot myself that live that life, but then again I am just a evil feminist who is refusing to live properly. :P

  • Tori

    keep right on with that wendy, when I’m sick I need people like you.


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