Purity. It’s For Girls

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismGrowing up, my brothers got purity rings too. They, too, were expected to stay pure until marriage. I have often taken comfort in the seeming egalitarian application of purity teachings in my own upbringing. Or so I’ve told myself.But I’m getting frustrated. Because let’s face it, the emphasis is on the girls. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Debi Takes Us Back To The 1950s

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 154—156Debi begins this section with some history. Liberated to SorrowBeginning with the women’s “liberation” movement of the 1960s, women have been taught and are expected to resent men in authority. Um . . . no. … [Read more...]

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...]

CTBHHM: In Which a Woman Dares to Assert Agency

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 138-139In this section, Debi tells a story. A few years ago, I attended a meeting with my husband where a group of leading men were discussing grave matters, trying to come to a conclusion as to what course of action they should take. The men sat in a circle, with their wives sitting beside or right behind them. … [Read more...]

Love Misapplied: A Response to Chris Jeub

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and Homeschoolers AnonymousI grew up hearing about Chris Jeub.He was a big name in NCFCA homeschool debate circles, and while I never met him I did use the evidence briefs he put out. The Jeubs had 16 kids and were deep into the patriarchal and controlling ideas at the heart of the most conservative strains of the Christian homeschooling movement. In fact, they kicked their daughter Alicia out of the family and shunned her completely when she became “rebellious.” However, Chris says that he and his family have since left that whole legalistic mess. … [Read more...]

How Doug Phillips Wreaked Havoc On My Family

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and Homeschoolers AnonymousMy parents homeschooled me K-12, and during those years they fell under the influence of several Christian leaders who spread toxic dogma and find their following within the Christian homeschool movement. My parents never followed Gothard, but they did follow both Michael Pearl and Doug Phillips. I’ve … [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: Don’t Take Your Mr. Steady for Granted

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 86-92 God is as steady as an eternal rock, caring, providing, and faithful, like a priest—like Jesus Christ. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Contentment Is All That Matters

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 35-38This section is titled “A Thankful Spirit.” Debi begins by contrasting two examples. Here is the first one: I know women who remain perpetually discontented … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: What is a “help meet”? (in the KJV)

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by Libby AnneCreated To Be His Help Meet, p. 24Debi finishes this her first chapter with a memo on the background of the word “help meet.” I sort of feel like this should have come earlier, given that most people I’ve mentioned the book to find the term odd. The word help meet appears … [Read more...]


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