Got word that one of my articles was to be republished…in the absolutely LAST public forum that you would EVER guess an article by Chris Jeub would be published. Any guesses?
I posed the question on Facebook and friends came up with all sorts of answers. Some went for big. Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Al Jazeera? Nope.
Huffington Post, MSNBC, Moveon.org, Freethinker, NPR, Slate? Nope, too conservative.
Mother Jones, Communist Party USA, High Times, PETA? No, they’re too friendly to folks like me.
Planned Parenthood, Free Jinger, Mother Earth Times, Secular World, and Mothering.com. They were getting close, but still no.
I had no idea I would enjoy reading the responses as much as I did. Think about it for a moment: I posed a question that asked others to reflect on what perceptions they had of me. What a bizarre and twisted trill in finding entertainment in what others think of you. Try it some time, it’s a trip. In my case, no one guessed after a good 50 entries.
I insisted, “I bet you guys can guess this. It is somewhere you would NEVER expect me to be republished. Think of who I am, what I believe, my hardcore fundamentals…and flip it on its head. THAT’S who I’m connecting with, and I’m pretty excited about it.”
They got desperate. NEA, Friendly Atheist, Salon, Right Wing Watch, ThinkProgress, Edutopia, Star Wars Fan Forum. I didn’t even know some of these existed.
My Facebook friends were stumped. They never guessed accurately. The article went live yesterday evening. Here it is:
The site is called No Longer Quivering, “a gathering place for women escaping and recovering from spiritual abuse.” Wendy and I can identify with that subtitle, but I believe we have a unique view of the quiverfull movement that is different from what they view it to be (see my 2009 analysis What We Mean by Quiverfull).
Can you do me a favor? Read the article and let me know what you think. If you’re daring, engage in the conversation on No Longer Quivering. You may find, as Wendy and I have, some very interesting challenges to the assumptions you’ve had in your quiverfull or homeschool journey.