Quoting Quiverfull: Feminism Killed the Family?

Quoting Quiverfull: Feminism Killed the Family? November 30, 2013

by Phyllis Schlafly from WND and Ladies Against Feminism – Who killed the American Family?

A combination of forces abolished the American family as we knew it. The many factors include changes in the law such as unilateral divorce, court decisions especially abuses by the family courts, the culture, curricula and customs from elementary grades through college, taxpayer financial incentives for illegitimacy, and pronouncements of self-appointed experts who think they know how to manage children better than parents.

We must shame and cut off taxpayers’ money from the groups that killed the American family, including feminists, judges, legislators, public-school teachers and administrators, so-called child protection agencies, professors, psychologists, college courses, government handouts and Democratic politicians who want big government spending in order to win votes. The problem cannot be remedied by prohibiting same-sex marriage (even by a constitutional amendment) or by telling men to “man up.”

Feminists demand that we abolish the patriarchy, and they argue that its worst offense is expecting mothers to care for their own children, so the taxpayers should pay for day care for all children. Feminists are still whining on television in 2013 about President Nixon’s veto of the comprehensive Mondale day-care bill back in 1971.

All those who care about preserving religious and economic freedom that is the hallmark of America should realize that we cannot reassert constitutional rights, private enterprise, balanced budgets, reduction of government spending and freedom from government management of our lives without the traditional intact, self-supporting nuclear family functioning as the foundation of our society.

Comments open below

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.

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


Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Nonreligious
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • persephone

    Just how horrifying that treating women as people has led to them sometimes deciding that divorce is the best decision. I mean, if a wife is getting beaten by her husband, then she needs to knuckle down and do what needs to be done so that he won’t need to reprimand her physically. And the idea that a woman could be financially independent, I mean, I’m getting faint at the thought. A woman should be relying on a man to provide for her financially, and if he doesn’t, well, that’s her responsibility too, because if a man doesn’t feel worshipped and catered to, he’s certainly can’t be expected to care for his wife and children. And if she’s widowed, then she and her children need to understand that they must be dependent on the pity of their fellow Christians and God’s mercy, but if they starve to death or die of illness or homelessness, they were obviously not deserving of this life, and needed to be properly chastened before moving on to the next one.

    *did I cover the main points?

  • Edie Moore McGee

    Written by that prime example of stay-at-home-wife-and-motherism Phyllis Schlafly. Yawn.

  • Hannah

    I thought “freedom from government management of our lives” and “religious freedom” meant that everyone has the right to decide what religion to follow and how to live their own lives. Not that everyone is forced to live under one religious dogma and prescribed life path.

    Or in other words, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  • Lucreza Borgia

    Where is this mythical land where women didn’t work? Oh right, the affluent post WWII era that entailed completely artificial economic circumstances that have not and will not repeat anytime soon.

  • KarenH

    And which still ignored the significant lower working class where women–mothers–STILL worked.

  • Nea

    “So-called children’s protective agencies.” Because no children ever need protecting…

  • Saraquill

    Why are people like her fixated on the idea that a nuclear family with one mom and one dad the only true form of family, that existed since forever? It’s as though they never studied history, the Bible, or explored their neighborhoods.

  • Trollface McGee

    Huh? Killing American families?.. We have no more families now? Teachers and social workers are gunning down fathers in the streets?
    Oh right, just another screed how human rights were “taken” from hetero, white, land-owning Christian males and shared with the rest of us.
    Families change – the nuclear family isn’t all that unique – lots of families have lots of arrangements. And stuff changes – we drive cars instead of horses and buggies, we talk on phones, men don’t wear those powdered wigs (or at least on a regular basis), oh and we treat women and minorities a bit better, change happens and it’s usually good.

  • Trollface McGee

    The difference was – they were underpaid and could be legally fired for being women, or doing lady things – the good ol’ Murkan way.

  • Joy

    Yep, pretty much!

  • Joy

    My conservative Mennonite grandmother had to work in order to put food on the table. Considering none of my friends’ mothers (never mind their grandmas) worked, I can only imagine how hard it was for grandma to go to work. My mom has told me that my grandpa felt bad about it – to the point that he helped with housework!

  • texcee

    I think it was on “Leave It To Beaver.”

  • I’ll allow that perhaps there’s an issue with the family as a whole in our culture. As long as men have raped, abused, and otherwise abdicated their responsibilities as a parent, there has been a “threat to the family.” Now that women have the ability to join the party, it’s not fair to lay any of this at the feet of “feminism.”

    But Ms. Schlafly continues to show that she knows literally nothing about what she’s talking about –

    “unilateral divorce”

    One of the ways abusive men maintain power over their spouses is by denying them a divorce. Does she really think it’s a good idea to enslave women to their husbands once they say “I do”?

    “taxpayer financial incentives for illegitimacy”

    It’s called “surviving.” Now, there are some perverse welfare incentives (google “welfare cliff”) but it has nothing to do with illegitimacy.

    “The problem cannot be remedied by prohibiting same-sex marriage.”

    Now here I will 100% agree. One has nothing to do with the other.

    I need to stop here before I write a novel. Everything I read from her just makes my blood boil.

    I guess that’s what happens when you spend your entire life in a bubble devoid of any actual problems. I’m happy for her, but she needs to stop assuming she knows better than any of us how to fix our lives.

  • Not reflective of present

    Actually married mom/dad and kids families ARE unique. Sorry but there are things which should never be “changed” and where change is for the worse. I have seen too often examples of “progressives” who assume every traditional institution is comparable to slavery or denying votes to women, and certainly they must be the works of “Eeeevul OUTDATED Reakkktionary Oppression that belongs in the Bronze Age”.

    Families are not like technology [which by its nature advances with time] or cultural norms of dress and grooming which are much less important.

  • texcee

    It is my considered opinion that Phyllis Schlafly is a known alien being monitored by the MIB. Somebody call Agent J to “flashy-thing” her.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    And even a lot of housewives would do little jobs around town for extra money. Sewing, tailoring, baking, all that jazz. I don’t know if my grandma had a formal job after WWII (she worked in an airplane factory or something) but she made and sold a lot of really nice teddy bears at fairs, and apparently made wedding cakes in her kitchen sometimes too.

    But anyway, I really hate how that era is presented as a time where everyone was well-off, men were always the breadwinners, and women were always housewives. Maybe that was true for upper and middle class white people, but for everyone else, it was a different story.