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Seven rules for dating my teenage daughter

Deep within America, beyond your typical evangelicals and run of the mill fundamentalists, nurtured within the homeschool movement and growing by the day, are the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements. I learned that women are to be homemakers while men are to be protectors and providers.

Christian Patriarchy involves the patriarchal gender roles and heirarchical family structure, while Quiverfull refers to the belief that children are always a blessing and that big families are mandatory for those following God’s will (some eschew birth control altogether).

While these two belief sets are generally held in common, they can technically exist separately.

While my upbringing was fairly happy, it was anything but normal. For another thing, I grew up with a dozen younger siblings.

Other families commonly have seven, eight, or nine children. While there are some very fun things about growing up with so many siblings, the sheer size of the family means that daughters of Christian Patriarchy have little privacy and many chores.

A wife and mother was all I wanted to be, because any dream of anything else was nipped in the bud before it ever took root.

I truly believed that this was what God wanted of me, and that serving my family and raising my siblings was serving God. Families in Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull place extreme importance on maintaining their daughters’ sexual and emotional purity.

Organizations like Vision Forum and No Greater Joy promise parents perfect families in very explicit terms.