Quoting Quiverfull: Conservative Feminism

Quoting Quiverfull: Conservative Feminism January 13, 2013

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.

Anna Sophie and Elizabeth Botkin at Visionary Daughters – October 19, 2008

Q: Isn’t it a good thing that feminism is becoming more conservative?

A: We actually see this new “conservative” face of feminism as a very dangerous development. We cannot redeem a movement that was conceived in rebellion against God and His design. Feminism certainly comes in several different flavors, but at its core, its message is this: Women have the right to decide for themselves what is right and wrong for them. Since the Garden of Eden, feministic women have valiantly fought for the right to get their own way, and each woman’s only standard is What She Wants –- what is “right in [her] own eyes” (Judges 21:25). This is why the feminist movement is so splintered, schizophrenic and inconsistent, even on the candidacy of Sarah Palin. This is also why “Christian” feminism is an oxymoron.

When feminism becomes more “conservative,” it becomes more insidious. Modern feminism at its roots is socialist and anti-family, and that can’t be changed by painting conservative values on top. We believe “conservative” feminism will seduce and destroy more women (and their families) than radical feminism. What we’re seeing is not feminism becoming more conservative — it’s conservatism becoming more feminist.

We should be warning girls away from feminism before it devastates their lives, rather than “baptizing” it to make it look family-friendly and righteous.

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  • chervil

    This is where God and politics and family get intertwined in an incomprehensible mishmash. Or is it just me. Are we religious because God must be appeased and through the endless sacrifice of women’s freedoms, or we must vote with the conservative ticket.

    And these are the same people like Romney who say:

    “One, more economic development. We should key our foreign aid, our direct foreign investment, and that of our friends, we should coordinate it to make sure that we — we push back and give them more economic development.
    Number two, better education.
    Number three, gender equality. ”

    See that? Gender equality. Right out of Romney’s mouth, it’s suddenly a thing. Number three. Here? No. In the Middle East. We’re fighting so hard over there, spending untold billions, the same people who are behind getting us in over there ostensibly FOR EDUCATION AND GENDER EQUALITY are the same people who don’t want ANY of that here.

  • A little research into church history would help these “visionary daughters” actually see the facts. Feminism in America originally arose out of the Second Great Awakening, and was spearheaded largely by the evangelical movement.

  • SAO

    “at its core, {feminism’s} message is this: Women have the right to decide for themselves what is right and wrong for them” and “We should be warning girls away from feminism before it devastates their lives.” Yep, deciding what is right for you will ruin your life.

  • Nightshade

    ‘Women have the right to decide for themselves what is right and wrong for them’…yep, and I’m keeping that right, I’ve fought too hard to get it to let go of it now! As for ‘right in [her] own eyes,’ who else’s eyes am I supposed to look through? Some patriarchal man who wants to keep me at home to raise his kids with him and be sheltered from ‘the world’? No thanks. Been there, done that. You can’t win with these people whether you’re ‘wordly’ or conservative, you’re either blatantly evil or insidiously deceptive.

  • Evelyn

    I never realized there was anything God couldn’t redeem! Darn. That changes things.