BITCH Magazine spent several months putting together a feature article for which Favorite Daughter and I were extensively interviewed as “feminist unschoolers”, or so we were sold on participating when first contacted. The end result is definitely not the usual media take on home education and unschooling! Fair warning.
“Learning Curve: Radical unschooling moms are changing the stay-at-home landscape” is now online, with reader comments. Here’s mine:
We’re Here, Not Queer
My always unschooled teen daughter and I were interviewed at length for this piece but do not fit this strong queer-punk angle, which unfortunately mirrors other media stereotypes we read about ourselves, just reversing the image as mirrors do.
Someone who did make the article yet still felt the reflection didn’t do reality justice, gave her bloglink above for fuller perspective. So here’s a feminist unschooling teen blog left out of this mirror image altogether, her radically individual identity not hippy, Christian, queer nor punk thus so unsuited to stereotype that she apparently has no reflection at all, like a vampire who can’t even fit the mold-breaking mold. (Does that make her “post-moldern”?)
My progressive, feminist unschooling mom blog — with a longtime online partner who also is not hippy, Christian, queer or punk — is Cocking a Snook!
JJ Ross, Ed.D.
FavD and I are not exactly offended though, just — nonplussed? We think BITCH does much better work portraying the religious extreme of home education stereotyping (the Duggars, Andrea Yates and the Quiverfull movement as patriarchal politics, for example) in a way progressives and feminists — unschooling or not, queer or not — had better learn about and start responding to effectively, WITH unschooling moms and daughters rather than against us for not being in public school.
Lynn suggests Thinking Parents study up on the “Christian Worldview” that political patriarchs are pushing as morality and family values inside and outside of home education, with “no room for compromises – nor respecting different viewpoints. It’s all about culture war…“