f you’ve watched 19 Kids and Counting or any of the related Duggar family specials on the Discovery Health channel, you might be vaguely aware of the Quiverfull movement, even if you don’t know its name. Though the Duggars play coy in the press about whether they’re actually associated with the movement, they’ve been featured speakers and guests at Quiverfull events in the past.
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Last year, I wrote a controversial article in the New York Post about the fact that I didn’t ever want to have children. While some people supported my decision, I also got a lot of hate mail from people who … More
Cynthia Ozick’s novel The Puttermesser Papers has occasionally been called the female equivalent of Portnoy’s Complaint. While both books chronicle a Jewish character’s existence, that’s about as far as the comparison goes. While Portnoy is mostly about the male id … More
The German word bildungsroman is used to describe what we English-speakers know as a “coming of age novel.” However, Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is not merely a coming of age novel, it’s a coming-out novel, and … More
With Roger Ebert and his jaw cancer in the news recently, I kept thinking of one thing: Lucy Grealy’s beautiful, striking memoir Autobiography of a Face. As a nine year old in the New York City suburbs, she was diagnosed … More
When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Blackmore became the fourth wife of a fifty-year-old man named Merril Jessop, who was a highly ranking member in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), better known as the polygamous Mormon offshoot … More