Quoting Quiverfull: Feminization

Quoting Quiverfull: Feminization March 18, 2013

by R. J. Rushdoony from Chalcedon Teacher Training Institute founder Andrea Schwartz’s blog Words From Andrea – “Putting Women in their Place” – January 10, 2013

The tragedy of the women’s rights movement was that, although it had serious wrongs to correct, it added to the problem, and here the resistance of man was in as large a measure responsible. Instead of restoring women to their rightful place of authority beside man, women’s rights became feminism: it put women in competition with men. It led to the masculinization of women and feminization of men, to the unhappiness of both …

Thus, the age of Reason brought in an irrational supremacy for men and has led to a war of the sexes. As a result, the laws today work, not to establish godly order, but to favor one sex or another.6

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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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  • I would find this statement confusing if I hadn’t just heard a lecture by historian Stephanie Coontz Friday night where she differentiated between patriarchy (which was based on kinship ties and where identity was based first on social status and THEN on gender) and the shift to fraternalism (de-emphasizes kinship ties, based on competition between males and exclusion of women) which resulted from the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment. Now that I’m aware of that distinction, Rushdoony’s quote makes a lot more sense because (like the women’s movement, but for different reasons) he also wants to end fraternalism. Of course, liberal feminism wants to broaden fraternalism to include women while Rushdoony wants to eliminate the democratic impulse of fraternalism that threatens kinship ties.

  • Persephone

    I had commented before on a similar quotation of Rushdoony’s on how rationalisma and the enlightenment, combined with Luther’s teachings and the broader Protestant beliefs, had a profoundly adverse affect on women and their rights and liberties. As a result, I find it horrifying to hear about the Enlightenment and how progressive it was.

    Thank you for the information on fraternalism. I had not read anything on that aspect.