The Proverbs 31 Virtuous Wife Online: Networked Collective Rhetoric in Quiverfull Women’s Weblogs

The Proverbs 31 Virtuous Wife Online: Networked Collective Rhetoric in Quiverfull Women’s Weblogs

Peitho Volume 21 Issue 1 Fall/Winter 2018

Author(s): Rebekah Sims

Abstract: I argue that the weblog writing of women in the fundamentalist, patriarchal, radically pro-natalist Quiverfull movement constitutes an anti-feminist collective rhetoric that spreads gendered behavior digitally. Implicit use of feminist discursive strategies persuades women to take up the Quiverfull life and creates a richly-networked online space specifically to provide continued support for these religious behaviors. This analysis of Quiverfull weblogs reveals how groups held together by beliefs and connected behaviors, rather than physical locale or institution, propagate themselves through technology. Although this is a small movement, its digital presence specifically offers rhetoricians a window into how religious groups make fundamentalist Christian gender ideology persuasive in the twenty-first century. 

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