Feminism For Christianists

Gina McGalliard reports on the unnerving trend of "stay-at-home" wives and daughters:

According to Christian Patriarchy, marriage bonds man (the symbol of Christ) to woman (the symbol of the Church). It’s a model that situates husbands and fathers in a position of absolute power: If a woman disobeys her “master,” whether father or husband, she’s defying God. Thus, women in the Christian Patriarchy Movement aren’t just stay-at-home mothersthey’re stay-at-home daughters as well. And many of them wouldn’t have it any other way. ...

The most visible proponents of this belief are Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin, sisters and authors of the book So Much More: The Remarkable Influence of Visionary Daughters on the Kingdom of God (published by Vision Forum), and creators of the documentary film Return of the Daughters, which follows several young women staying home until marriage, and details how they spend their time serving their fathers.

Sadie Stein reacts:

We're sure plenty of these adherents are happy in their lifestyle, but what's troubling obviously is that, despite the rhetoric, it's not a choice. It's a dictum, being enforced on a lot of women. And we're not seeing blogs and films from those who aren't happy. ...

There's also co-option of language like "counter-cultural" and "daring to defy" the prevailing dogma: these lifestyles are presented as radical rather than regressive.