A "Beautiful Girlhood" Christmas
Phillips promotes biblical patriarchy, and Vision Forum's home schooling materials, as the salvation of the American family.
"If the book was written in the eighteenth century, it was directed to fathers. If it was written in the nineteenth century, it was directed to mothers. What happened? The nineteenth century brought many profound social changes which rocked the family and paved the way for the absentee fathers of the twentieth century," Phillips said. "The influence of Unitarianism and early feminism, certain adverse effects of the industrial revolution, and the abandonment of the old Reformation view of the family all contributed to the decline of fatherhood in America. The result, for the first time in the history of the church, was the gradual transfer of spiritual training responsibilities from the father to the mother.
Phillips, who teaches that "the church is impoverished as a result of forcing little girls out of the God-given role of wife and mother," is doing all he can this Christmas season to help you keep your little girl on the path of feminine humility, while preparing her brother for acts of manly courage.
SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 24 Christian Newswire -- Vision Forum, Inc., a San Antonio-based Christian ministry, has announced the release of two new dolls -- Abigail and Fidelia -- as part of their Beautiful Girlhood Collection, a doll line which promotes biblical femininity to girls in contrast to the perverse vision of girlhood advanced by other leading doll providers.
When a girl plays with a doll, she is preparing to be a mommy someday. Her first role model is her own mother, and her first opportunity at role-playing is with her dolls. With this in mind, we are pleased to offer the Liberty doll for your girls to cherish for years to come and then pass onto a future daughter.
And if your little girl plays with nothing except "Vision Forum exclusives," it likely will never occur to her that she might grow up to be anything else.
Six years ago, Jewish World Review contributor and Phillips friend Betsy Hart waxed enthusiastic over the Vision Forum catalogue for boys, while venturing a guess that the then forthcoming girls' catalog "will not include the 'honed sharp' 'Frontier Tomahawk.'" Hart shouldn't have needed a direct line to Doug Phillips to puzzle that one out. The closest a Vision Forum girl comes to a tomahawk is a Victorian sewing set.
One hundred years ago, it was not uncommon for a girl to carry her sewing tools around her neck. This not only provided easy access, but it was decorative. Our handsome pewter scissors come in a special brooch case and necklace. The floral decoration is beautifully crafted.
While your little girl is squinting over her needlework, her brother is outside, learning "chivalrous leadership in the name of Jesus Christ" with the Air Burst Rocket System ...
Every boy loves the exhilaration of launching projectiles into the skies above. This Air Burst Rocket tops them all. Powered by air, its use of an entirely new burst membrane propulsion technology makes it the highest and fastest air rocket in the world. Booster disks give five different power levels for flights clear out of sight -- soaring over 1000 feet! Easy to fly -- no flames, no batteries, no electrical problems. A few pumps from a stand-up bike pump are all that is needed to send this rocket skyward.
... doing target practice with his crossbow ...
Whether your All-American Boy "commando team" is pretending to protect the home from intrusive squirrel invaders or enjoying target practice to develop hand-eye coordination, the toy of choice is the crossbow. Our miniature crossbow is perfect for the fellow who is not quite ready for the genuine article, or for the Dad who still thinks he is a boy.
... or -- if he's at least a recommended eight years old -- reliving his favorite scenes from Braveheart ...
A traditional two-handed broadsword, Sir William Wallace's trusty blade was as imposing in battle as the hero who wielded it. With this weapon, Wallace fought for the honor of Scotland, his beloved homeland. Wallace would die a martyr, but his unflinching courage would spur his countrymen onto ultimate victory at Bannockburn. This handsome, scaled-down version of Wallace's sword is housed in a leather scabbard... 52" Long. 4.8 lbs.
... because after all, he's a boy. Do we see a pattern here? Doug Phillips certainly does.
One of our goals is to demonstrate that the skills and experiences which historically made up the life of a boy were God-honoring vehicles for preparing him to be a man. He learns to explore because he is called to take dominion over the earth. He learns to emulate the lives of heroic Christians because he, too, is called to leadership.
But your little girl can still have plenty of fun with a rousing game of Tiddlywinks ...
Though the game of Tiddlywinks has been played for hundreds of years, it enjoyed its greatest popularity during the 1890s. The game pieces used in this classic contest of skill consist of small discs called "winks" which are propelled into the air with a shooter; otherwise known as the "tiddledy." Our tin box of Tiddlywinks comes with 6 shooters, 26 winks, 1 scoring platform, and a 20-page historical handbook.
... or even Hopscotch, Jacks or Jump Rope ...
... and when the day is done, she can curl up by the fire with any of Vision Forum's 17 versions of the lifelong trials and tribulations of Elsie Dinsmore.
The words of Jesus, "Suffer the little children to come unto me ... for of such is the kingdom of God" ought to be a living reality in young children. This 19th century story demonstrates just such a reality through the life of a little girl who loves the Savior and tries to obey his commands through persecution, temptation, and disappointment. Set in the coastal South of the 1840s, this Christian classic provides clear testimony to the Grace of God in the life of a child.
However, if she is a very good little girl, studies all the lessons in dutiful daughterhood that she needs to become a Maiden of Virtue ...
Do you want your daughter to cherish her purity and honor God by the chaste and lovely way she presents herself? Raising Maidens of Virtue is an engaging tool for mothers to use in training daughters who are approaching womanhood to think biblically. ... Raising Maidens of Virtue covers topics such as guarding the tongue, idleness, sibling relationships, honoring parents, contentment, modesty, purity, cleanliness, and feminine biblical beauty.
... learns How to Be a Lady ...
Somewhere within the recesses of every girl's heart is the desire to act, and be treated, as a lady. But a true lady is more than just graceful and feminine; she has a Christ-centered character that regulates her inner thoughts and motives, as well as her outward graces. In this book, originally published in 1850, extraordinarily practical wisdom is offered to young girls in the practice of developing womanly character.
... remembers to wear her modesty slip ...
Solve the transparency issues of your daughter's dresses forever with this modesty slip. Made of lightweight cotton and trimmed in lace, this long, feminine slip will add modesty without adding extra bulk.
... and keeps her pinafore and pantaloons very, very clean ...
You can make a half a dozen play pinafores in unbleached muslin or calico and use them over everyday dresses, sparing the dresses from frequent washing! Secondly, pinafores could be made out of heirloom materials like voile, organdy, or batiste and fancied up with ruffles, tucks, lace, and/or embroidery for wear over tea dresses, for visiting, and for church. These look especially charming over solid-colored dresses, since all the fancy work shows up beautifully against such a background.
... she might even find a Father-Daughter Purity Locket under the tree on Christmas morning.
This one small piece of jewelry has for centuries been the symbol of a special relationship between two people.
"Merry Christmas, honey."
[Title image from Stacey's Simple Stuff
Closing image: "Visions of Sugarplums" by Tom Browning, from AllPosters.com]
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