If you homeschool, you've probably seen these beautiful, impressive catalogs. One Christmas, we ordered a number of gifts for our boys from the interesting, cool stuff offered.
As years went by, there were things that just didn't sit right. Some of the books and resources being sold seemed a bit too extreme. I didn't appreciate the over-the-top gender stereotyping. The pictures and gifts in the boys' catalog, for example, encouraged adventure, excitement, imagination and fun activity, while the pictures and gifts in the girls' catalog seemed to encourage passivity and appearing feminine. When I was a little girl, I would have found the girls' catalog a bit too stifling and boring; none of the girls in the pictures were actually doing anything, while the boys were obviously having fun playing all sorts of wonderful things.
Then there was the over-the-top descriptions Doug Phillips gave on his blog and in his email newsletter about the weddings of a few young couples. You would have thought these couples had done great heroic deeds and changed the course of history, to hear him describe them. And there was the silliness of American men employing odd historical anachronisms, carrying swords at a wedding, and "knighting" the groom. These guys just take themselves way too seriously and yet haven't really grown up yet, I would find myself thinking.
But there is more to the story, and that "more" can be found here:
Jen’s Gems: Exposing Doug Phillips’ Ecclesiastical Tyranny