Quiverfull Moms Too Busy to Shower?

Quiverfull Moms Too Busy to Shower? June 15, 2019

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We  have a new blog to look at today. This is a blog by Cassandra McMurtry, wife of hate pastor Tommy McMurtry. You know Tommy, he has been speaking about how he hopes counter protesters are armed so he can shoot them at the Make America Straight Again conference in Orlando, Florida going on right  now.

Cassandra has a sweet blog titled “Gently Led Sisters” and like Zsuzsanna Anderson likes to play at by a sweet, submissive wife, while being married to a hideous bigot.

Cassandra is fully embracing Quiverfull, happy to be having more children over the course of nearly twenty years. She’s sharing what she’s learned over those years she would have told her younger self. Most of it is pretty standard, don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t worry about keeping a perfect house. Things most of us can agree on.

Then she goes into the particularly Quiverfull mode of making what is abnormal try to seem normal. The Brad Pitt solution to cleanliness when having children – the baby wipes bath for the adult.

You might go days without a shower. I know, it sounds gross, and it probably is. But baby wipes will be your best friend for a few years. You will use baby wipes to clean- the house AND yourself. They are great for sponge baths. I know this, because I have used them many times for just that purpose. As the baby is screaming. And the two oldest are fighting. And supper is burning. But the husband was coming home, and you wanted to take the time to freshen up a little, and change your clothes and wipe down a little. So. Baby wipes to the rescue. It’s ok. You won’t stink forever. Just a few years.

No, no, no! If you cannot squeeze a few minutes into your schedule to stand under a shower and rub soap on yourself when dirty you basically had to give up your adult card! I thought it was super gross when Brad Pitt posited that being a parent was so hard that he had to wipe down with baby wipes. This is no better!

Look, I’ve been a mom, and always managed to find a way to get a bath or shower in if I needed it. It’s just a matter of time management and doing it during children’s nap time, or after your husband comes home.

It was impressed upon me several years ago by my infectious disease doctor that daily bathing or showering is essential towards keeping the bacterial levels on your skin as low as possible. There might be the rare time when you’re stuck with a washcloth and limited amount of water, or a set of baby wipes, but let’s hope that’s on rare camping trips or if the power goes out, or some construction remodeling related snafu. This is not a way to live. It’s not even slightly hygienic.

I have heard it all through the years in the Quiverfull world, moms making do with all sorts of odd behaviors. But this is the first time I’ve seen the no time to shower excuse used.

I guess they should rename the conference Make America Stink Again.

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About Suzanne Titkemeyer
Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 32 years. You can read more about the author here.

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