Saturday, January 30, 2016

The General Appeal of Quiverfull (QF: The View from Here)

This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

What do you believe is the appeal of QF to women in 2015 America?

Response Part One:

In general, I would say that the good and healthy appeal today remains timeless: to provide a nurturing, healthy home as a safe haven from a painful and difficult world, offering the best benefits of life to beloved children so that they could do likewise. Following the old adage that “the best things in life are free,” the Quiverfull/Patriarchy Movement (QF/P) aspires to instill that timeless value in the hearts of their children so that they can make the world a better place. I know few families who would not find this an inspiring and virtuous ideal.

Personally, I see the popularity of QF/P as a religious manifestation of what was already taking place within the larger culture — perhaps the zeitgeist of those who fell to the end of the Baby Boomer Generation and extended into Generation X. Young parents who grew up with working mothers during leaner financial times during the 1970s desired a better home life than they had. Young adults with working mothers looked back on the nostalgia of earlier days, hoping to “have it all,” offering something better to their own families. Homesteading appealed to the latent hippies who poured over Mother Earth News as they sought self-sufficient, greener, more simple ways of living. The focus on home and the wholesomeness of the past could be seen in the popularity of Martha Stewart’s multi-media success which followed after her first publication in 1982. By the 1990s, college educated women pioneered innovative solutions like full time job sharing to allow them more time at home, and some abandoned careers to attend to the needs of their young, growing families.

~ Cynthia Kunsman
and the view of Quiverfull from my vantage
August 2015