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This is Tool #3 out of 5. My garden is a chaos of plants, weeds, and leaves. And that’s totally okay. It’s part of who I am: cluttered, disorderly, a stormy mess.
As a practicing Amish girl, I had no resources (e.g., textbooks and books) to teach myself accurate knowledge about the ins and outs of menstruation, exactly how I could get pregnant, and the actual versus perceived dangers of running and playing softball during school at recess when I had my period.
When I began traditional therapy, I started working through my emotions and traumas intellectually, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon physical tools that I could use daily and incorporate into my everyday life that I really began to see improvement.
Parents/caregivers need to be held accountable for their actions and compensate their child victims for losses suffered.
Felt unseen or unknown by a parent/caregiver as a child? Tend to feel apologetic as an adult for needing help? Those are signs of covert or emotional incest.
By granting the Amish special privileges on the basis of a falsified depiction of innocence and two-dimensionality, the US government mocks those aspects that are genuinely beautiful about Amish culture.
The Taliban in Afghanistan and the Amish Church in America are unified in the fight against women’s rights. E.g., the Wisconsin v. Yoder verdict is eerily similar to the Taliban mandate of no schooling for females.
It’s more common than not for Amish children, especially the oldest girl and boy, to be forced to be the second mother and second father. This is parentification, a form of child abuse.
A central message of the film is that wanting rights for practicing Amish women and girls is an attack on the faith, but taking away their rights is just religious freedom.