By Shade Ardent, HA Editorial Team
‘A woman’s place is in the home’
‘We were created to be his helpmeet.’
‘You will stay at home under my authority until I hand you over to your husband.’
‘You need to be more submissive.’
‘There’s no need for college.’
‘Courtship not dating is what’s right for you.’
‘Promise me your heart and your purity.’
‘Don’t be immodest.’
Did you hear things like this when you were homeschooled? If so, you were probably assigned female at birth.
To be homeschooled and read as female (even if you are trans or non-binary) is to enter into an alternate universe. I know my brother did not have the same experience that I did, and that we are not the only siblings to have this disconnect in our stories. While everyone’s homeschooling situation is unique, there are certain aspects of a type of homeschooling that run common among those of us who are not read as male.
We were less-than, considered weaker, easier to fool, stumbling blocks. We were fit only to be a wife and a mother. Patriarchy and sexism ruled our environments, but we survived it.
Homeschoolers Anonymous is doing a series on sexism and homeschooling. We would like to hear your stories of how sexism and patriarchy affected you.
We will begin posting submissions on April 10, and will continue throughout the month of April.
If you are interested in participating in this series, please email us at HA.EdTeam@gmail.com.
We take privacy seriously and will happily make your submission anonymous at your request.
Policy: We accept autobiographical stories with a minimum age of 13. Stories belong to the people they happened to.
HA Note: Because patriarchy harms everyone, we will be accepting stories from all genders. We will not, however, accept stories that try to claim ‘reverse sexism’.