Women and novel-reading

Although the value of ‘reading for pleasure' has become part and parcel of contemporary reading culture, this highly proselytized past-time, to children and adults alike, was not always considered so salient. In fact, in the late 18th and 19th centuries - as the novel proliferated - numerous people and groups sought to repress these rising... Continue Reading →

The Salience of the Home – 19th Century Baptist Women’s Domestic Role

In conjunction with the rise of separate spheres, the significance of women's work in the domestic sphere increased in the 19th century. Women were increasingly considered to be the "moral compass" of the family; they maintained their home as a safe-haven for spiritual growth and retreat for their children and husband. These beliefs were founded... Continue Reading →

Six Reasons I’m Glad I’m Not a Victorian Woman

A few years before I met my husband, I was sitting in a coffee shop with another single female friend while we lamented over our despairing "singlehood." We were both discussing how complicated the "dating world" can be, especially from a more traditional Christian perspective. In a progressively changing world, the older traditions from our parents and... Continue Reading →

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