Quoting Quiverfull: Sexiness, Motherhood & Extinction?

Quoting Quiverfull: Sexiness, Motherhood & Extinction? December 7, 2013

by Matt Walsh from his blog and reposted by Ladies Against Feminism – You don’t have to erase every trace of childbirth from your body

I don’t know why we’ve come up with this idea that women need to eradicate any hint of motherhood from their bodies after giving birth.

This is all part of the anti-child, anti-mother, anti-family, anti-life, anti-fertility obsession that plagues our culture like an infectious spiritual disease. The ancient pagans worshiped fertility, the modern pagans (of which there are millions in this nation) worship sterility. Mothers are pressured to look like they never had kids and never could have kids. Isn’t that why we’ve decided that women should keep up a gaunt and emaciated appearance? There’s nothing inherently beautiful about it, but it sends off a “look, I’d break in half if I tried carry a child” message. That’s what passes for “sexy” among creatures who have begun their proud march towards voluntary extinction.

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  • Independent Thinker

    Do these people own history books? What do you think the purpose of a corset, griddle, hoop skirt, or petticoat was? To make your body look more attractive than it might actually be. This isn’t some modern revolution for centuries women have tried to make themselves look more sexually attractive even after childbirth. Women of the past didn’t ditch the corset to show off a post baby body.

  • Lauren Borrero

    Well they need to remember that a lot of women don’t like having all that fat left over from the baby and it makes them feel frumpy and ugly. I think thee women losing some weight after having the baby is a good thing. I don’t see how losing baby fat is anti-motherhood.

  • centaurie

    I’ve even seen some corsets that were used during the pregnancy itself They were a little looser and more accomodating to the baby then the usual ones, but still corsets during pregnancy *mind boggles*

    Also, way to go for adding more oil to the ugly fire that is the mommy wars! (*OP* is adding oil, not you, Independent Thinker!)

  • tulips

    There’s just so much wrong here and I find it extremely distressing that it’s dressed in empowerment language.

  • Saraquill

    This so much.

  • tmr3608

    I think the author makes a great point. I liked the article very much.

  • persephone

    As a modern Pagan, I don’t worship sterility or fertility, and Pagans never really worshsipped either, they rejoiced in the results of their prayers. And I really don’t appreciate having non-Pagans lumped in with us, as I’m sure they don’t. I’m assuming they refer to anyone who doesn’t follow their belief system as Pagan.

    Ancient Pagans were big on the birth control, though.

  • Nea

    If heroine chic is only the Provence of anti-mother anti-Christians, then why do so many others fight against it too? If everyone who doesn’t want to be a mother must be skinny to advertise that, why is there an obesity epidemic?

  • Nea

    Which point would that be? That only women who don’t want to be mothers are skinny? It’s not true. That only Fundamentalist Christians object to/fight against dangerous underweight models? Also not true.

  • newcomer

    It’s not exactly a ‘march towards voluntary extinction’ if you’re talking about women who have actually had children trying to look like they haven’t. They are still reproducing. Bouncing back after a birth doesn’t make the baby magically vanish. Also, arguably the whole obsession with youthful beauty is ABOUT women looking like we are at peak fertility, at the absolute height of our childbearing potential, yadda yadda yadda, as opposed to say trying to look prepubescent or menopausal. Women aren’t pressured into looking like we never could have kids. We’re pressured into looking like we are at the point in our lives where we could have THE MOST KIDS POSSIBLE, a pressure that ridiculously continues to be applied long after our bodies are no longer actually capable of childbearing.

    On the other hand, I am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that this man doesn’t have a strong grasp of basic evolution (despite referring to us worldlies as ‘creatures’- nice).

  • tmr3608

    WTF? The article didn’t make either of those points. Did you read it? It merely made the point that secular culture is obsessed with thinness and doesn’t value motherhood as much as it ought to. I agree with both those points.

  • Nightshade

    Guess they haven’t heard of the Maiden, MOTHER, and Crone, too bad they don’t make an effort to learn a little of what they’re talking about before opening their mouths.

  • And it’s my understanding that corset use contributed to the amount of women’s deaths in childbirth. The fact is that it’s never been about women looking like mothers or not looking like mothers. It’s always been about women looking good to men.

  • centaurie

    Hmmmm, there was also the opinion (in Victorian times) that a women who didn’t wear corsets was, not just literally, but also figuratively, a ‘loose’ woman. What with the morals of self-discipline and all….

  • Nea

    Yes, I read that “pagans” “worship sterility” and that thin women are sending the signal “if I carried a child I’d break in half” and that this is what the larger culture considers “sexy.”

    As pagans do not worship sterility – hang out on these boards and you’ll end up meeting a few, weight has no bearing on fertility, and there is strong pushback in secular culture against being over and underweight as health issues and even teen girls protesting against how models are slimmed and photoshopped into down, this is certainly not “what passes for ‘sexy’ among creatures.”

    The article uses dismissive, insulting language to build a strawman of secular culture that does not reflect the reality within it. Thus neither its points nor its presentation are laudable.

  • Nan Edwards Boyster

    I am an actual Pagan (Chieftess and Gythia in a an Asatru Kindred) and I can tell you, most of us celebrate the female form, whatever “size” it comes in. So I am left assuming this guy thinks anyone not his flavor of Christian is pagan…and I agree with other posters about how horrible it is that he tries to couch this in empowering language. I started reading these blogs because a customer’s daughter where I work told me “We are part of the Quiver full movement” when I asked where she got her lovely denim skirt. Now, I get why she asks me odd questions when she returns things….

  • LiveOaksandSpanishMoss

    Funny, I thought that too. I hate to say when these folks are right, but he seems right on here. I get the feeling that if a different caption was put under the quote, i.e. not saying that it was a Quiverful proponent who said it, that people would be less offended.