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A journalist's investigation of a Christian Right movement in which women put their fertility in the service of a patriarchal culture war

In the corners of fundamentalist Christendom across the country, an old ideal of Christian womanhood is being revived. It looks like this: The biblical woman wears modest, feminine dress and avoids not only sex but also dating before marriage. She doesn't speak in church, or try to have authority over men. She doesn't work outside the home, but within it she is its tireless center. She is a submissive wife who bolsters her husband in his role as spiritual and earthly leader of the family. She understands that it's her job to keep him sexually satisfied at all times, and that it's her calling as a woman to let those relations result in as many children as God wants to bless her with. She's not the throwback to the fifties summoned in media-stoked mommy wars but is a return to something far older. This Christian patriarchy movement finds its fullest expression in families following what they call the Quiverfull philosophy. Here, in direct and conscious opposition to feminist calls for gender equality and marriage equity, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship. They eschew all contraception in favor of the philosophy of letting God give them as many children as possible-families of twelve or more children that will, they hope, enable them to win the religion and culture wars through demographic means: by reproducing more than other social groups.Journalist Kathryn Joyce plunged into this world to give readers an intimate view of the patriarchy movement. We meet Nancy Campbell, grandmother to thirty-two and counting, and editor of an internationally distributed magazine that provides guidance for women seeking to be virtuous mothers and wives. We are invited into the home of Donna Mauney, an ex-feminist homeschooling mom from North Carolina, whose children are more dedicated to the movement than she is. We are also introduced to the aspirations of Doug Phillips, founder of Vision Forum and one of the most influential proponents of the patriarchy movement-aspirations that include a return to the values of sixteenth-century Calvinism, the repeal of women's suffrage, and the cultivation of virtuous daughterhood: unconditional devotion of a daughter to her father, who serves, quite literally, as her Lord, until he helps her choose a husband who will then fulfill that role. Quiverfull takes us into the heart of a movement we ignore at our peril, and offers a fascinating examination of the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood-and as warfare on behalf of Christ.

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Kathryn Joyce's fascinating introduction to the world of the patriarchy movement and Quiverfull families examines the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood—and as modes of warfare on behalf of Christ. Here, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship, and live by the Quiverfull philosophy of letting God give them as many children as possible so as to win the religion and culture wars through demographic means.

About the Author

Kathryn Joyce received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her M.A. in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University. Her freelance writing has appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, Newsweek, The Massachusetts Review, Double X, and other publications. She has received support from The MacDowell Colony and The Nation Institute and is former managing editor of The Revealer, a daily review of religion and the media published by New York University's Center for Religion and Media, a Pew Charitable Trusts "Center of Excellence." She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 

Part One Wives

Chapter 1 Massachusetts Hope

Chapter 2 The Church Comes Home

Chapter 3 The Men Who Would Be Kings

Chapter 4 The New Reformation

Chapter 5 Titus 2: Submission and War

Chapter 6 Titus 2 in Tennessee

Chapter 7 No Greater Joy

Chapter 8 Submission and Abuse

Chapter 9 The Small World of Vision Forum

Chapter 10 Life in the Garden

Part Two Mothers

Chapter 11 Be Fruitful and Multiply

Chapter 12 The Bible and Birth Control

Chapter 13 Trust and Obey

Chapter 14 Blessed Arrows

Chapter 15 The Natural Family

Chapter 16 Return to Patriarchy

Chapter 17 Godly Seeds

Chapter 18 Demographic Winter

Chapter 19 Exiting the Movement

Part Three Daughters

Chapter 20 Victory through Daughters

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

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dawn betts-green, May 18, 2011 (view all comments by dawn betts-green)
I used this for an honors thesis on this very subject, and Joyce became the patron saint of my project. Her writing is incredibly approachable, and even for those not in the academic research of religion, this is an excellent book.
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Jennifer Short, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by Jennifer Short)
We've all see the large families on TV and possibly even in the grocery store. What is live like for these families when the cameras are off? What are the expectations within these family and why are they so large? This is a great book that looks at these issues and more!
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ISBN:
9780807010730
Author:
Joyce, Kathryn
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Sexuality & Gender Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - Social Issues
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Subject:
Religion World-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.93 x 6 x .71 in .9375 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Kathryn Joyce's fascinating introduction to the world of the patriarchy movement and Quiverfull families examines the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood—and as modes of warfare on behalf of Christ. Here, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship, and live by the Quiverfull philosophy of letting God give them as many children as possible so as to win the religion and culture wars through demographic means.
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