Quoting Quiverfull: Protective Culture?

Quoting Quiverfull: Protective Culture? February 5, 2013

by Geoffrey Botkin “The Reasons of Optimism, Part 5” of the Western Conservatory of the Arts & Sciences and Vision Forum – December 22, 2012

What this man understood was that women are impressed by real men who are going about doing what men were created to do: taking dominion of the earth by cultivating it to make it as orderly as possible. This is the most basic meaning of “culture.” Men were created to work intelligently to construct a dependable framework of safety and order that protects the weak and helpless from an otherwise ugly, dangerous and out-of-control world. Women are not impressed with chaos, danger, weakness, uncertainty, brutishness and lawlessness. They are always the first casualties in any counter-cultural revolution. They are always the first to be relieved when men rise up to give them protective culture. Geneva, Switzerland was once a licentious and deadly place for women until a dedicated minority of reformers, serious about deliberate cultural leadership, replaced a counterculture with real culture. The city-state became known as a “paradise of women.”

Women do not want to live in cheap, ugly houses that can be burned down. They want strong, protective places to live. They are impressed with strong, protective men who know how and why to build. Culture is what men build for women to prosper in, and for families to perpetuate. The work families do together cultivates order at every level of society. So, yes, culture is something women were created to be impressed with.

But the definition of culture should begin at an even more basic level. Culture is what we build because God commanded us to build it. Culture is what we build because that’s how God wants his creation stewarded.1 In Genesis 1 God said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” In Genesis 2 the story continues. “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”2 Man’s mission is to bring cultivated order to everything from the ground to the nations. Cultivate the earth. Culture is the command behind the dominion mandate.3

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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.

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  • Saraquill

    I direct this man to look at feudal Japan, where the women trained with bladed polearms to protect their castles while the men were away, and Elizabethan England where widows ran their own households and were allowed to will their own property. Hardly weak or needing protection.

  • Nea

    Sailor’s wives in New England also ran the family businesses while their husbands were at sea. Or there’s that all-woman village in Africa right now.

    I note from the original post that apparently men don’t mind if their houses are cheap, ugly, or burn down. (Seriously?) Or that they don’t, as an entire gender, mind “chaos, danger, weakness, uncertainty, brutishness and lawlessness” at all. (SERIOUSLY?)

    This is a pretty naked example of how the patriarchy hurts men too. Want a little security in your life? Aren’t the last word in physical strength? Don’t know how to literally build a building? Well MAN UP, you emasculated weenie!

  • Persephone

    Men seem to cause most of the chaos, danger, etc. so maybe they owe us, but there’s no reason to be dependent on them.

  • Persephone

    In most cultures, it’s only been within the last two millennia that patriarchy has pushed women into the position of not being expected or allowed to protect themselves. If you look at this history of war, even into modern times, usually when the warm comes into towns and villages and cities, women are the last defenders. Women were the last fighters who fought against the Bolsheviks at the Winter Palace, protecting the Tsar’s family. Women were major parts of the resistance forces in Europe during WWII. The Soviets had a number of female snipers.

  • Nightshade

    ‘Women are not impressed with chaos, danger, weakness, uncertainty, brutishness and lawlessness.’ Well, a lot of men aren’t either-give the guys a break!