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Hallelujah! It’s Quiverfull, the latest incarnation of the He-Man Woman-Haters so-called “Christian” conservative anti-feminist club. How incredibly bad must these women feel about themselves, to buy into this nonsense? Submit to your husband and give control of your reproductive organs over to some invisible man in the sky?
I think I’ll start a religion. Let me know if you think it would catch on! Here I go:
Men are to blame for original sin. Nothing they ever do can erase that. Because of this allegorical event that never occurred sometime in the mists of the ancient world, men shall be relegated to second-class citizen status, which is all they deserve. After all, they have penises, which appendages automatically make them stupid and weak – everyone knows that.
Due to their obvious inferiority, men shall be prohibited from the following activities: Becoming church leaders; having control over their own reproductive organs; and having any but the most feeble recourse, should their wives decide to beat them senseless every night, or kill them simply because they wish to. After all, it is merely their cross to bear, and divorce is a sin against the Goddess.
What do you think? Guys, don’t all sign up at once now!
This is the article that brought “Quiverfull” to my attention. What especially worried me was the article’s suggestion that this movement is growing in power and popularity. And of course, it’s being subtly promoted by The Learning Channel, which features The Duggars, a Quiverfull family with 18 (yes, that’s ten plus eight) children.
But there’s one big omission from the on-screen portrayal of many of these families: their motivation. Though the Duggars do describe themselves as conservative Christians, in reality, they follow a belief system that goes far beyond “Cheaper by the Dozen” high jinks. It is a pro-life-purist lifestyle known as Quiverfull, where women forgo all birth-control options, viewing contraception as a form of abortion and considering even natural family planning an attempt to control a realm-fertility-that should be entrusted to divine providence.
At the heart of this reality-show depiction of “extreme motherhood” is a growing conservative Christian emphasis on the importance of women submitting to their husbands and fathers, an antifeminist backlash that holds that gender equality is contrary to God’s law and that women’s highest calling is as wives and “prolific” mothers.
Make no mistake, there is nothing benign whatsoever about this type of propaganda. I’ve seen quite an uptick recently of movies and television shows that show women either as submissive, maternal types (all the TLC specials that the article mentions), or as bubbleheaded idiots obsessed with shopping (“Confessions of a Shopaholic”) or The Perfect Wedding (“Bride Wars”). The patriarchy is not amused by the fact that two women were uppity enough to think they deserved to crack that highest, hardest glass ceiling last year, and it hasn’t stopped its efforts to prevent another attempt at REAL change – a woman as President.
So we must keep ever watchful, like real Pumas, and recognize the efforts of the plutocracy to protect itself. It’s been quite successful for thousands of years at keeping women “in their place.”
Sometimes I just despair at the appalling breadth and depth of society’s hatred and fear of the feminine. But then, something like this happens, and I get a little bit happy.
Good for the Judiciary Committee. Good for Vermont. May this bill pass, and may more and more states follow their example.
And may the women of the world stop falling for this ridiculous, perverted stupidity. God is love, not hate, and this Quiverfull crap is nothing but hatred of the power of the Chalice.
Someday, women will realize that. In 2012, perhaps?
Cross-posted at Partizane