Effects of Patriarchy on Gender and Relationships

by AJ cross posted from her blog I am Phoenix It was when I was in my early 20's while still living at home, right before the intervention that resulted in me leaving the homestead.I realize now this phase was my silent, extreme reaction to growing up in a patriarchal environment. My version of "fuck you!" without daring to talk. Talking was too dangerous, too scary. Too many repercussions.  This, on the other hand, was my quiet way of taking a stand and rebelling. Although I didn't know it at the time and didn't even realize it until recently. … [Read more...]

Daughter of the Patriarchy: epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?

by SierraOccasionally, I get asked whether or not I ever actually left my old fundamentalist church. My story on No Longer Quivering followed my journey up to the first year of college. I’ve wrestled with how to explain what happened in a proper narrative form, because the circumstances that led to my cutting ties completely with the church ranged from financial to emotional to practical to ideological. There’s not a clear, linear story from here on out, just a constellation. But I’ve decided that it’s high time to tie up the loose ends and explain how, exactly, I cut and run.When I first went to college, my mother still picked me up for our weekly drive to church. In fact, the first … [Read more...]

The Parenting Project – Adulthood Part 2

Pushing back the submission deadline to Monday December 3, 2012 but if you want to submit after that time frame we'll get your answers up and published as soon as possible. This is the last segment. Posting of the answers will start shortly after the 3rd. Thanks again for participating! … [Read more...]


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