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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


Even if you are not currently obsessed with Big Love

and didn't just find yourself sitting in Borders and reading books about Mormonism, hhere are some interesting (and horrifying in some instances) links:

  • In the latest episode, the teenage son went to a Bishop to ask for advice as he has become sexually active, and feels badly about that. The Bishop gave him a pamphlet called "Satan's Thrust" to read. Apparently, it is a real pamphlet, and it is pretty freaking hilarious. Check out how it is that music corrupts youths - and then there are the "rocking miniskirts" (?!?).
  • There is a blog by a former plural wife - in it, she talks about her reactions to the tv show. I wish she would analyze it a bit more as her perspective is interesting to me, but her analyses are a bit superficial to me. Still, it is an interesting read.
  • This is the most horrifying. It is a website by a super religious woman who has 10 kids ("for now!") in which she talks about how to create obedient children. It reminds me a lot of the things that terrified me about the parents in Jesus Camp. The part in which she talk about "the outside world" is among the most horrifying.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger dr four eyes said...

I haven't even clicked over to that last link, but the title of the website already cracks me up--"Godly Tomatoes"? Does she refer to her children as tomatoes?

At 3:51 PM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

She practices something she calls "tomato staking" - which means that she keeps her children exceptionally close to her at all times. In the outside world section she talks about how kids should not interact with other people - make friends outside the home, etc. It's all in the service of creating obedient, god-fearing children.

At 8:42 PM, Blogger Clio Bluestocking said...

Oh my effing god! That Tomato Lady! Does that kind of isolating, brainwashing behavior constitute "child abuse?" It downright power-mad.

At 9:33 PM, Blogger dr four eyes said...

ew. I read some of it and it is so, so creepy.

At 6:44 PM, Blogger k8 said...

The title "Satan's Thrust" just made my day. Seriously!

And that last woman scares me.


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