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What Is the Stay-at-Home Daughters Movement?

What the branch of the Christian Patriarchy Movement believes about family and young women.

The blogosphere has been agog recently over one feminist journal's feature-length article, "House Proud: The Troubling Rise of Stay-at-Home Daughters." If you are like me and hadn't heard of the stay-at-home daughters (SAHD) movement, here's a primer.

Sahd is connected to what detractors call the "Christian Patriarchy Movement," a phrase popularized by Kathryn Joyce's 2009 book, Quiverfull. In it she examines the lifestyles of a group of evangelical Christians who reject birth control and adhere to rigid gender roles they believe are scripturally based. The locus of these teachings, along with the SAHD philosophy that stems from them, is Vision Forum Ministries.

When a movement is said to be "rising" yet is essentially tied to a single organization, albeit one of considerable influence in some circles, perhaps the aforementioned journal doth protest too much. It seems that reports of the Christian Patriarchy Movement are greatly exaggerated—as are the rise, "troubling" or not, of stay-at-home ...

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