Quoting Quiverfull: Matriarchy?

Quoting Quiverfull: Matriarchy? December 7, 2012

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

Mary Pride in Homeschool World “Patriarchy, Meet Matriarchy” 2009

How did this happen? Twenty-five years ago I wrote a book, The Way Home, urging women to rediscover their biblical role, including the blessings of children. The only times the word “patriarch” was even mentioned in The Way Home was in quotes from various feminists agonizing about male oppression.

Yet somehow today I find myself “credited” as a founder and promoter of the modern Patriarchy movement.

A new book, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, claims The Way Home “did much to recreate the homeschooling movement along patriarchal… lines.”

This probably explains why major network producers have been emailing me asking for interviews the last few years. If I had actually responded to any of their emails, instead of concentrating on my family and Practical Homeschooling, they might have enlightened me about the positions I supposedly introduced to the world.

(Editorial note: This week we’re going to look at the entire article piece by piece of Mary Pride claiming to have been taken completely wrong. This is the first bit)

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NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce


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  • Karen

    Dear Mary Pride – You keep saying matriarchy. I do not think this word means what you think it means.

  • thalwen

    She’s right. I don’t know how anyone could extrapolate patriarchy from her notions that a man is the natural leader of the home (oh but the mom is second in command!) and that instead of feminism (the evil idea that men and women should both have equal rights under the law) we should go back to “biblical” gender roles. Nope, no patriarchy here folks. Move right along.

  • lucrezaborgia

    These are not the patriarchs you are looking for *waves hand*