@Mira Sorry to hear you had a difficult time and had to experience that kind of fear. It is unfortunate that anyone has to experience that.
I will not address my prior history, but this post made me feel many feelings, too.
I doubt that I, or anyone for that matter, will change your mind . In fact, I am not trying to change your mind and I do appreciate you helping me see your perspective.
Let me begin by saying I do not condone the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church and find them ethically reprehensible. Also, this interview was pretty terrible and superficial and poorly written...
As self serving as this book may be and as much as this young woman is unable to see herself as accountable or able to articulate her experiences, we are forgetting how abusive the WBC community was/is to its own members, beyond those they protested.
She may have been 14 when her father joined the congregation, but she certainly had no say in it. Obviously, at the age of 14, we have all developed some semblance of critical thinking - surely, this girl had to know something was "wrong." But, in reading much about the church, and within the interview itself, Drain alludes to the fact that she found the love and approval of her father through the teachings of the church. She believed these teachings because she wanted her family to love her. Refusing to hold a sign or disagreeing with the church meant suffering complete abandonment - everything you ever knew - your family, your friends, your complete support system would be gone. Leaving everything you know behind, alienating it all, without a clue as to what/who will help you is a pretty heavy and scary thing to deal with at the age of 19... and stop for a minute - think of where you were, mentally/emotionally, at 19? It wasn't pretty.
So, yeah, perhaps she's not super remorseful or self aware or reflective or introspective - but leaving the church was pretty fucking brave. She's probably still doing a lot therapy to work the former problems out. She'll eventually get there. Give it time.
Okay. I know I'm an apologist here but, as much as I do not support the church or think this girl is ready to write a book, she needed some defending.
@Sea Ermine It is really well done. I show the film to the 12th graders I teach (government) when we discuss the first amendment and free speech. We specifically look at the Supreme Court case dealing with the church's protests. The students are blown away. We have some great discussions!
Speaking of feminism... Can we talk about the new PBS documentary - "Makers: Women Who Made America"?? Incredible! It covers the entire women's right movement from the 1950's up to current women's role issues. You can watch it for free at the PBS website!!
@breccia I signed in to say this. Ha! You beat me to it.
@fondue with cheddar I teach social studies to high schoolers and every time I say "South America" I always say it "SOUTH America" like the announcer in the Grover waiter shorts.
@fondue with cheddar "U" really got a hole on me. . .
@yeah-elle I watch the pinball 12 short on the regular. Like... every three days.
@yeah-elle I ALMOST like the Sesame Street one better... the synthesizers!! These shorts make me feel so many feelings!!
My yearning for the Mr. Roger's crayon factory short is a primal one...