If they will ever, like me, break free

Libby Anne is, naturally, worried about her siblings.

…it is hard for me to watch my siblings being raised with beliefs and methods I have come to so oppose. I have to watch my sisters being taught that their only role is in the home, and to see my siblings expected to obey and conform. The hardest part is watching my sisters. I hear them talk about the blessing of fatherly protection against the evils of the world and their future plans to eschew all kinds of birth control and have as many children as possible. I watch them and wonder if they will ever, like me, break free.

That would be very difficult.


  1. says

    I think I feel a slight glimmer of that when, as I recently did at a mini-family reunion, I see family that I otherwise like discussing the Sunday School classes they’ll be teaching, and debating theology with other family members.

    I walked away.

  2. Jennifer says

    I am astonished that things like this still occur. Until I realize that my own family accomplished the same through simple Catholic guilt. It doesn’t need to be this explicit to be effective. Disgusting all the way around.

  3. Classical Cipher, OM says

    This is somewhat tangential to the topic – but for an example of the disturbing strangeness that comes out of these patriarchal movements, see this letter from a “Bible-believing Baptist” couple explaining their marriage ceremony. (Shamelessly stolen from Rebecca Watson.)

  4. docslacker says

    Actually, this is fantastic, for two reasons:

    1) They say that god has already chosen who will be saved, therefore they can shut up and stop preaching to the rest of us.

    2) They also state that the official wedding is merely to get certain legal and tax benefits. Voila, no more argument against marriage equality.


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