Quoting Quiverfull: Part 6 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – PubermaniaEditor's note: As usual there's a lot of logic fail and false history in this last bit from Pearl on teenage boys. I think day-dreaming is pretty normal for any teens, or just folks in general. It's no sin. Equating mothering with castration is a stretch at best, but Michael's warning that men were turned into eunuchs in the dark ages to be servants is an out and out lie. Castration was usually a punishment or something that happened to prisoners of war, not wholesale on male servants. The exception being those that worked in harems. Michael Pearl misunderstanding history yet again. His version of 'real boys' sounds sort of horrifying. No h … [Read more...]

Carol Ann Put In Home: Is Justice Delayed Justice At All For Carol Ann Cole?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerOnce I started looking at how Carol Ann Cole ended up in a troubled teen home I kept running into contradictory information and I was unable to determine with any degree of certainty if the state of Texas did an intake through CPS or DHS because of a possible issue of neglect or abuse, or if Carol was surrendered to the state or if she might have run afoul of the law. Many states seal records on juveniles in the system, and something so far back is likely have been destroyed to protect the privacy of the teens aged out of the system. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – PubermaniaEditor's note: That title is killing me 'Pubermania' - sounds like a bad teen exploitation movie instead of an advice piece. This bit has some bad ideas, like 'docile female' and talk about 'artificially make allowances' as if all girls are placid pallid little delicate fainting flowers and if you're not working your son on a farm somewhere you're in the wrong. Ugh. Ick. Horrible false ideas! ALL human beings benefit from some change in routine and/or physical activity every single day! It's not a gendered idea except in Pearl-world. … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber Sings a Worship Song the Crowd Thinks is a Love Song

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: Shhh, no one tell Faithful Word's Steven Anderson that France is only 2% Evangelical or he'll be there soon on a 'Soul Winning' mission. I thought this piece bears some discussion because it's a perfect example of when Quiverfull, Fundamentalist or Evangelical culture bleeds down into pop culture and those in the religious world take it as proof of some sort of Godly influence in culture. Not going to detail all the various flub ups, ups and downs of Justin Bieber and the many times that Hillsong United has exploited the poor kid for publicity. I hope Biebs saves some of his wages for the … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – PubermaniaEditor's note: I have bolded the below sentence because Michael is claiming that men should not find their identity in ruling over others, and we all can clearly see this is exactly what Michael Pearl actually does do.  Men who only have identity bullying others are men who aren't emotionally healthy people, they tend to damage everyone in their paths, from roosters and other animals, to children and wives. Sometimes one has to wonder how the internal dissonance between the words and actions of these Good Christian Patriarchs do not make their heads explode! … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Chapter 10 Part 2

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideEditor's note: Welcome back Mel and CONGRATULATIONS!I've started blogging again after a several month break.  I'm pregnant and my body responded to the change in hormones by having my digestive system go berserk and my hips widened by two inches from relaxing soft tissue which lead to lots of hip and back pain.  So, yeah, I spent most of the summer curled into a ball. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – PubermaniaEditor's note: Granted Michael Pearl wrote and posted this piece twenty years ago, but somehow I seriously doubt his advice has changed any in that time. Notice how he manages to push the submission of the mother into all this as a possible problem adding to the aggression of the teen boy. Fathers crushing down rebellion with hard looks? That's not exactly healthy either. All of this just amounts to the same insecure, weak, wimpy men that seem to flourish in the Christian Patriarch Movement. … [Read more...]

Cranial-Rectal Inversion #1 – The Hindsight Bias

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman from Under Much Grace and used with permission. Looking at cognitive biases can be a sticky business because it's a term used in psychology, but the tricks our brain can play on us can overlap with other concepts and errors. Geeks coined the term in the 1970s, but we see elements of the things in our daily lives. The same kinds of errors overlap with logical fallacies to which these biases in thought contribute. I see the “weapons of influence” used in sales as a blending of both, just as thought reform does (according to those other geeks who coined those terms). … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Roosters and Michael Pearl Are Jerks?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - PubermaniaEditor's note: So now Michael is saying that a boy being a jerk to his mother is perfectly normal in adolescence, just like the rooster is a jerk and he's a jerk to the rooster. It's all about male dominance. Perhaps the reason it's not so noticeable in boys in public schools is because they have healthier outlets for their hormonal changes, like sports or other activities and outside interests. While the homeschooled boys in extremely isolating families may only be able to express his angst against those closest to him and the ones representing the most repression, the parents. How can anyone think that is healthy? … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls: Is it Wrong to Leave and Divorce My Abusive Husband?

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]