Quoting Quiverfull: Mary Pride Marginalized by Patriarchy?

Quoting Quiverfull: Mary Pride Marginalized by Patriarchy? June 4, 2014

by Karen Campbell from her blog That Mom

Mary Pride was one of the first leaders in the modern homeschooling movement. Her book The Way Home was a powerful rebuttal of the radical feminist agenda and she minced no words as she made an appeal for rejecting all sorts of sacred cows. Mary was outspoken and certainly no model of the perfect patriarch wife and ruffled lots of male feathers. One of my fondest memories of homeschooling in the early days (nearly 30 years ago now) is of a conference in the St. Louis area with Gregg Harris, Michael Farris, and Mary Pride. (As I recall her husband also spoke.) Michael Faeris(sic) played his guitar and sang a funny parody of participating in “sword drills” as a kid and the whole thing had sort of a Christian hippy flavor. Yes, dads were encouraged to be involved, but Mary had equal status as a speaker and there was no weird talk of any of the stuff that would be found today. Mary Pride comes the closest to teaching something akin to militant fecundity back then, as she was intense in her passion for having lots of children. However, I don’t recall it having the dominionist edge to it that came along with Scott Brown and Phillips.

I do think Mary was marginalized as time went on simply because she is a woman who doesn’t fit their mold.

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 find it interesting when people call women like Mary Pride an “anti-feminist.” Actually I think she had a lot in common with feminists. She was intense. She was driven. She was outspoken. She really did try to have it all. I mean maybe not in the way feminists do of being a lawyer and having kids. But Mary Pride had loads of children, homeschooled, ran a business, was a speaker. Just seeing her list of accomplishments makes me tired. 🙂 She certainly was no blushing violet.

  • KarenJo12

    She is a huge hypocrite. She has made a lucrative career out of telling other women not to have lucrative careers. She is the embodiment of Serena Joy from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” If she is now ignored and belittled, she earned it, because she advocated for women to be treated as doormats even when she wasn’t required to be one.

  • Allison the Great

    Phyllis Schlafly and her niece are the same way. Phyllis made a career and has a law degree while spending years and years telling women not to have careers. Her niece admitted that she had help raising her kids. Her niece makes a killing going on Fox News and the like telling women that they can’t have it all, while she obviously has it all.

  • Allison the Great

    I’ve noticed that whenever they bring up feminism, they always call it radical feminism. While I do think that radical feminism does exist, I don’t think they’re referring to the actual radical feminists. They view all feminism as radical. Any woman that makes even the vaguest remark about the rights of women in this country gets labeled as a radical feminist. If you’re doing your thing with a career and a college education with an egalitarian marriage, and you’re not at home treating your uterus like a goddamn clown car while being the maid and sex slave bowing to your husband’s every whim while he blames your being a fucking woman for all his shortcomings, you’re a radical feminist.

  • Jayn

    I find women like her interesting, because they couldn’t be who they are without the very forces they’re fighting against.

  • Trollface McGee

    Being a strong woman does not make you a feminist. A feminist is someone who believes in equality for men and women – Mary Pride does not. She believes that SHE should have equality, career opportunities, book deals, speaking engagements to promote inequality. That’s pretty anti-feminist to me, even if she has benefited from the feminist movement herself.

  • She’s still tight with Gothard, from what I hear. She’s a user and a manipulator. It isn’t about religion, faith, children, patriarchy, or home-schooling, it’s about her extremist libertarian, John Birch-style political agenda. They will use anyone or anything to further the cause. I also hear she’s still there with Ron Paul and Gary North. I suspect much of the curriculum he wrote for RP is manipulated by her.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Exactly. There’s a big difference between being a feminist and being a beneficiary of feminism. Far-right conservatism is chock-full of the latter.

    I do think it’s funny though, to hear Karen Campbell talk about Mary Pride being marginalized because she was a “woman that doesn’t fit the mold” while knocking feminism. Doesn’t she realize that that is a pretty feminist-flavored critique of the situation? I haven’t read a lot of Karen Campbell but, from what I have read, it is clear that she’s no idiot and her thinking often seems more than a little influenced by feminism, except she still insists on throwing feminism under the bus. It’s very frustrating.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Yeah, I kind of consider Phyllis Schlafly to be the prototype of that whole set of women. Well, at least in the past few generations. There were women like her in the era of suffragists too. There have always been women who like the idea of borrowing male power to keep other women down.