The Quiverfull Movement and the Quiverfull Woman: Salon.com Does an Article on a Curious Patriarchal Fundamentalist Meme

Salon.com looks into the “Quiverfull movement” here.

It’s a curious meme that helps disseminate one’s genes. I wonder what Richard Dawkins would make of this.

Money quote:

Vyckie Garrison wasn’t sure she wanted to use her real name in this article. Until last year, Garrison (then Vyckie Bennett), a 43-year-old single mother of seven living in Norfolk, Neb., followed a fundamentalist pronatalist theology known as Quiverfull. Shunning all forms of birth control, Quiverfull women accept as many children as God gives them as a demonstration of their radical faith and obedience as well as a means to advance his kingdom: winning the country for Christ by having more children than their adversaries. This self-proclaimed “patriarchy” movement, which likely numbers in the tens of thousands but which is growing exponentially, bases its arguments on Psalm 127: “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They shall not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” Quiverfull women commonly give birth to families of eight, 10 and 12 children, or more.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to The Quiverfull Movement and the Quiverfull Woman: Salon.com Does an Article on a Curious Patriarchal Fundamentalist Meme

  1. Ice Gal says:

    Oh what is a ailing planet to do?
    Baby makers are going to break it in two
    Science should be the rule!!!
    Make believe makes em all drool
    When the air is gone…Ain’t nothing to do

  2. aunty dawkins says:

    Santi
    It would be interesting to find out how many of the reproduced ‘genes’ actually go on to replicate the ‘meme’ , It doesn’t necessarily follow.

  3. santitafarella says:

    Aunty Dawkins:

    You make a very good point. The return trip to reproducing the meme in the next generation is less likely (but not zero). It may not be a terribly efficient replicator of itself, but it probably does a little bit.

    If you are one of the kids born under the influence of Psalm 127, that would feel a bit weird, wouldn’t it? You owe your existence to a guy who wrote a poem thousands of years ago—and your parents took it as a command from god to get it on! You never know how people might take something you write.

    —Santi

  4. santitafarella says:

    Ice Gal:

    Nice little poem you wrote there. You must have read Christopher Hedges article at Truthdig on overpopulation.

    —Santi

  5. Ice Gal says:

    Santi Thank you for the complement, I hold your opinion in high regard. Actually I have not read Christopher Hedges article, but I will. Here in Alaska we get to see first hand the effect of overpopulation- global warming,. Higher sea levels, coastal erosion, cooler wetter summers…We also have a futile crop of Christians that think babies are gifts from heaven. At least having science back in the White House in encouraging.

  6. Webcams says:

    awsome blog! thx for good reading

  7. Nathaniel says:

    I’ve seen Dawkins misrepresenting part of the Bible an attempt to prove a point. So not only do I not embrace him, I-in spite of his intellect-don’t readily trust what he has to say right of the bat.

    I’m not a Fundamentalist and don’t ever plan to be one. This woman has more children than I ever plan to have. That said, I strongly feel it misleading to say Global Warming is due to “overpopulation”. If you look at most of the people on the planet they are not responsible for most of the global warming gasses emitted.

    Yes Global Warming is happening, but that isn’t due to most people nor the number of people as a whole. It is due to coal power plants (among many other things), but the number of those are not determined by the number of people.

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