Bill Gothard, Sexual Predator

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and from Homeschoolers AnonymousBill Gothard has been a big name in the Christian homeschooling movement since its very inception.Gothard runs the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) and the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP), puts on family life seminars, and produces curriculum and “wisdom booklets” used by Christian homeschooling families across the country, including the Duggars (Bill Gothard himself spoke at Josh Duggar’s sister-in-law’s wedding, which was featured on the Duggars’ television show). Gothard’s influence in the Christian homeschooling world likely eclipses that enjoyed until recently by Doug Phillips, … [Read more...]

Then Why Didn’t You Tell Us That, Mom?

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and Homeschoolers Anonymous“I want you to know that I never actually believed everything in those Above Rubies magazines,” my mom told me when I was visiting home a while back.“Then why didn’t you tell us that, mom?” I asked. “I read every issue of that magazine cover to cover, and I always thought it was completely approved material.”I don’t know why my mother made that admission to me when she did. … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Sense of Compassion, HSDLA?

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by Libby Anne cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous and her blog Love Joy FeminismHA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Libby Anne’s blog Love Joy Feminism. It was originally published on Patheos on July 31, 2013. ***** … [Read more...]

Libby Anne’s Survey Request!

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NLQ's own Libby Anne has a new project started and would love the participate of anyone interested. Info below from Libby Anne's blog Love Joy FeminismA Survey for Those Raised in Religious Homes! July 16, 2013 I’ve written before about the serious methodological problems besetting essentially every study of homeschooling. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Debi’s Abuse Meter is Broken

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, p. 92Here we come to the end of Debi’s discussion of the three types of men she lays out—Command Man, Mr. Visionary, Mr. Steady. In this summary section, Debi compares the actions that the “Ruination Wife” can take to destroy a marriage to each of the three types with the actions the “Successful Wife” can take to heal a marriage to each of the three types. Let’s take a look: … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: My Mr. VIsionary

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 80-85This is a weird post to write—a very weird post to write. In her section on the Command Man, Debi got essentially everything terribly, horribly wrong. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Command Man Tames the Shrew

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 77-80You might want to start out by getting a glass of wine. You’re going to need it. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Created in the Image of Man

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 75-76In this section Debi argues that there are three basic “types” of men, … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Michael’s Meat, Sit Down and Shut Up and It’s All In Your Head

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 72-73Now that we’re finally finished with Debi’s scare tactics, we get another anecdote from the early years of Debi and Michael’s marriage. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Single Moms Turned Lesbian

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 67-72Debi’s purpose in this entire section is to make her readers terrified of the thought of divorce. Her goal is to make sure that her readers won’t even think of leaving … [Read more...]


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