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My Childhood Readings: Elsie Dinsmore

“Conservative homeschoolers are sort of known for reading the Elsie Dinsmore books. My family was no exception. We owned the first three books on cassette, all 20 something books in the series, the companion series about Elsie’s cousin, and the modern day rewrite of the books (which are much better written). Plus I have the Elsie and Mildred dolls.”

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Setting the Boundaries

“The Christian patriarchy movement grooms young women for abuse, consciously or not, by brainwashing them into compliance and encouraging them to forgo developing skills necessary for independent lives. There is a very clear power imbalance present, even in relationships between adults of the same age, because of an overwhelming emphasis on male dominion.”

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Good Homeschooled Girls: Hide the Real You

“It is the obsession with denying women humanity — autonomy — and worth that pervades this whole idea. Good Homeschooled Girls have no needs. Good Homeschooled Girls are whatever they are told to be. Good Homeschooled Girls must gracefully and perfectly meet and fulfill contradictory requirements (look perfect, but don’t obsess about it! learn things, but don’t use your brain!), while never having a bad day or a human moment.”

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We Liked Our Race

“Sometimes the Ku Klux Klan would parade down town and give out candy to all the kids. As a kid I remember reading the fifth book of Elsie Dinsmore where their plantations are invaded with the Ku Klux Klan. I felt terror, not because our Ku Klux Klan was openly violent, but because they still so openly existed.”

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