Religion Makes Abuse Easy

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by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix (Editor's Note - Let's all welcome AJ as she is the newest member of NLQ's Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network! Welcome AJ!) Religion makes abuse easy. There it is, pure and simple. A truth I've born witness to. Walk with me down this road. Travel back in time with me, and open the window to the kitchen in my parents' house. Poke your head in and listen with me. Look at the old farmstead kitchen table, and the meek kids with their heads lowered in submission, while the patriarch booms on at the head of the table, lecturing and teaching after dinner before everyone's dismissed from the table. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What Boys Like?

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by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin of Visionary Daughters - Brothers and Sisters in Christ: How to Think About Young Men A number of young women have asked us about relationships with young men. They want to know how a young woman should interact with those of the opposite sex, or should she at all? … [Read more...]

New Duggar Book Delayed

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According to the unofficial Duggar Family blog the new book written by the Duggar daughters, "Growing Up Duggar",  has had it's release date pushed back until next year. Here's what they said. 3rd Duggar Book...Coming in 2014 … [Read more...]

Orphan Fever

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by Calulu Mother Jones magazine has finally published Kathryn Joyce's account of the Evangelical Movement's obsession with adoption and the inevitable not so great outcomes when you don't take practicalities of foreign adoption under consideration. … [Read more...]

Discovering Sex and Confronting “What Do Women Want?”

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 by Becoming Worldly I have heard the question of “what do women want?” posed as a philosophical consideration, as more of an existential crisis or emergency question, and as just a plain old whiny complaint. For years I was confused by it but today I have an answer, a real answer for anyone who is still asking, who still doesn’t know. First I want to tell you how … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Homeschooling

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by Libby Anne Question 1: Why and when did your parents originally decide to homeschool? Did their reasons for homeschooling change over time? Joe: My family knew nothing about homeschooling until we met the esteemed, Bill Gothard.  Then, when … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: A Gendered Childhood Part 2

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by Libby Anne Raised Quiverfull Introduction — A Gendered Childhood Question 3: In what ways were boys and girls in your family expected to dress or act differently from each other? Were there certain things it was appropriate for girls to do but not boys, and vice versa? Joe: Not really.  If we were … [Read more...]

Characters

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by Mari Donald Miller, in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” says that when you write a story, even though you hold the pen, the character does what it wants. It’s true. I once wrote a story for a fiction workshop about … [Read more...]

“In the Name of the Lord” – German TV on Quiverfull

A kind reader sent in this link to a piece that aired on German television explaining what Quiverfull actually is. It is in German but you can clearly hear what the family is saying in English. … [Read more...]

Millipede Part 39 How Did I Get Here? Part 10

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by Millipede A caveat... Physical preparations may be hard due to present mindset (believing to some degree in Patriarchy) and the patriarch's control over you life. Some women are extremely isolated, broke and under a very watchful eye. Others live … [Read more...]


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