Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement by Kathryn Joyce
Publisher: Beacon Press | Number Of Pages: 258 | Publication Date: 2009-03-01 | ISBN-10: 0807010707 | PDF | 1 Mb
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.