Lana Hope’s Story

Please join me in welcoming Lana Hope to our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network!by Lana Hope. She blogs at Wide Open Ground  I grew up in the Deep South. In our rural homeschool community homeschoolers were a scarcity, with miles between families, so homeschool came somewhat isolating, by default. Our first year of homeschooling was the best of my homeschool memories – at least in my foggy memory. Our math textbook included counting ducks. We went on loads of fieldtrips and had hands on learning. There was no legalism or spiritual abuse in our house. I even had a troll party for my 7th birthday. Trolls. … [Read more...]

Premarital Sex and the Purity “Litmus Test”

by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlySo I read this blog post by Rachel Held Evans, everyone’s favorite progressive evangelical blogger. She is a beautiful writer, has fun posts, and I totally have to disagree with her wholeheartedly on something today. See, Rachel Held Evans just rejected purity culture and then tried to agree with purity culture at the same time when she wrote “Sex and The Path of Holiness.” … [Read more...]

“You’re Not Arguing With Us But With God”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsA fellow member of Equality Central Forum (a forum for Christians who believe in full male-female equality in society, church and home) recently shared the answer she (her first name is Helen) received from a well-known ministry in response to a letter she wrote them.  Helen has given me permission to reprint and comment here on part of the letter she received. … [Read more...]

“But That’s What The Bible Says”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsI have written extensively on this blog about why "But the Bible clearly says" isn't necessarily a very good defense for certain traditionalist positions.  I've written a lot of posts that analyze certain texts which are supposedly "clear," but which maybe weren't intended by the original writers (or understood by the original audiences) to mean what seems so "clear" to us today. … [Read more...]

My Cult Life’s Newest Project!

Lisa at My Cult Life is seeking participants for a television show about those escaping abusive theology and cults.Here's the deal. They want people who have been out a year or less if possible and have started to take positive steps towards recovery by doing something inspirational. But all great stories will be considered.How inspirational, you ask? It can range from something like I mean anything from attending school, to moving across country to land a dream job, to coming out w/their sexuality, or moving from a patriarchal lifestyle (home school, purity vows, etc.) to embracing feminism.Anyone can apply, male, female, gay, straight, trans, whatever. Everyone is welcome to … [Read more...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: Putting Him First

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons I’m just going to leap head-first into this chapter, “Make him Number One”:A man wants a woman who will place him at the top of his priority list, not second but first. He wants to be the kingpin around which all other activities of her life revolve. … [Read more...]

Christianity and the “Male Gaze”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsBe modest.Be beautiful."Don't cause a man to stumble.""Don't let yourself go." … [Read more...]

Voices of Sister-Moms: “Barren” – Samantha’s Story

by Heather Doney cross posted on her blog Becoming WorldlyToday’s post is by Samantha Field from Defeating the Dragons, where she blogs about her experiences with and life after Christian patriarchy and fundamentalism. Samantha is guest-posting as part of the “Voices of Sister-Moms” series here on Becoming Worldly. … [Read more...]

Voices of Sister-Moms: Maia & Electra – A Tale of Two Sisters

From the new series on Heather Doney's blog Becoming Worldly - Voices of Sister-Moms“Maia” and “Electra” are the pseudonyms chosen by the authors, two sisters raised in a Quiverfull family, as part of the “Voices of Sister-Moms” series here on Becoming Worldly. … [Read more...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: The Ideal Woman

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsThis chapter is titled “The Ideal Woman: From a Man’s Point of View,” making sure, in case we forgot, that women’s lives need to revolve around men, and there’s also plenty of “if you don’t do what I tell you to, your husband will never love you” to go around. This is the chapter where she explains two terms that Helen will be using throughout the book: “angelic qualities,” and “human qualities.” There’s even an amazing little diagram at the end of the chapter: … [Read more...]


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