NLQ Question of the Week: Why Get Married in the First Place?

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Get Married in the First Place? October 27, 2016

QuestionoftheweekThis is a series we run every Thursday. The questions are things that people who may not know much about the Quiverfull movement or even Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christianity ask about the lifestyle. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life can only shine a light on the toxic nature of this lifestyle choice.

If you’ve done any recent reading in the blogs and websites of some of the more prominent female cultural enforcers of Quiverfull and evangelical Christianity recently you’ll notice a steady drum beat of posts proclaiming how hard marriage is for women, how to be a Godly wife means swallowing your hopes, dreams, needs and desires. To permanently put yourself last in every single situation in the marriage, to smile, put on a fake facade of happiness no matter what.

Does not sound like an attractive proposition, more like trying to empty the sea with a teacup, a thankless never ending task with no reason to want to do it. So that leads to today’s question: If marriage is portrayed as such a difficult task why does any woman bother to get married in the Christian Patriarch Movement? Is it not better to live in Debi Pearl’s Lesbian Duplex complex on welfare than it is to be trapped in such a joyless struggle?

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