Quoting Quiverfull: Men Will Do What?

Quoting Quiverfull: Men Will Do What? December 1, 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.

From Ladies Against Feminism page “Excellent Quotes”  Taylor Caldwell’s  piece “They’re Spoiling Eve’s Great Con Game” in American Opinion magazine September 1970


“The Liberation Ladies will lead to generations of women willing to support a tired husband, and provide for his old age. He can be snug-abed in the morning while she pounds off in her thick boots to her job or carries a briefcase to her office. And when she comes home at night – she can cook his dinner, too, and wash and iron his shirts. She can do the housework, while he watches TV and complains of the pain in his back – which she will eventually rub away at bedtime. Women wanted careers, didn’t they? They can do a man’s work, can’t they? Well, let ’em do it, and be glad they were able to get a husband besides, even if they have to take care of him! Men, in short, are licking their lips and, for the first time in history, are readying themselves to be the exploiters in their turn…. Mom’s out there, plugging and ‘fulfilling’ herself, and why should Pop worry? He’s had it coming to him since Eve….”


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  • “Men, …for the first time in history, are readying themselves to be the exploiters …. ”

    Is she actually suggesting that men have never exploited before in human history? That is breathtakingly, facepalmingly, stupid.

  • Are men incapable of doing housework?

  • BB/VA

    No, but an awful lot of them WON’T.

  • …and these same men will bitch about being single. LOL

  • Rae

    But if she was truly doing “a man’s work”, by their definition that work doesn’t involve cooking dinner or washing dishes or doing housework…

    Almost every single person I’ve seen who says that a career and a family are too much for a woman operates on the assumption that in a family, men always have been and only can be breadwinners, and women always have done domestic chores but they can be breadwinners in addition to that. Never, in that paradigm, is is possible for women to not be the ones to do domestic chores, nor for men to take them on. So the author’s attempt at cutesy gender role reversal fails in that they aren’t really reversing the gender roles, they’re only switching one of them while considering the other to be immutable.

  • Liz

    Yes! This!

  • Huh?

    So, let me get this straight:

    This idiot woman is saying that, when the roles are switched, men will act like this? Bahahahhahahhahahahhahahahah!!!!!!!!!! Yes, men are incapable of housework and taking care of their own aches and pains and MUST be the breadwinner, or this…this…this becomes the logical end.

    Take it a bit farther and think about the fact that this “author” is saying that women had the capacity to do as men will do in this new world, and yet never did. They always did the housework without complaint.

    Then…take it a bit further and realize the following truth of her words – women should never expect to get a back rub and men should never be expected to give one.

    What a horrible world these people want for marriage.

  • Ok…maybe the author was a man…

  • suzannecalulu

    Taylor Caldwell was a woman and hard core John Birch Society member. I’ll never read another of her books.