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About the Podcast

Kitchen Table Cult unpacks all the things Kieryn and Hännah learned at their childhood kitchen tables in conservative Christian homeschooling families. Every week we take your questions and drill down on various topics about Quiverfull, the Religious Right, and our childhoods in high-demand groups (otherwise known as cults).

We’re not surprised about the rise of Trump, Christian fascism, or evangelical white women voting for someone like Mike Pence, and we want to take you back through the beginning of it all to explain why.

Tune in weekly (when we're not in school) or monthly (during the semester).

About Kieryn



Kieryn Darkwater is the eldest of 8, and was the firstborn daughter in what eventually became a Quiverfull family. The Stay-at-Home-Daughter's (SAHD) primary responsibility is often "training to be a helpmeet" by becoming the surrogate mother to the younger children. Kieryn started bearing significant responsibility for their family's household by age 8. By the time they reached age 15, they were graduated from (homeschool) high school so they could better fulfill their role as a helpmeet-in-training, by focusing on childrearing instead of education.

When they weren't caretaking, Kieryn was involved in right wing political activism. Working with Generation Joshua and TeenPact, they campaigned for Roy Moore, Randall Terry, Ralph Reed, and other Christian conservative leaders in the south. They also wrote prolifically and helped create a media network of blogs, podcasts, an online magazine by and for homeschooled Christian conservative teens. Embedding themselves in right-wing grassroots organizing, activism, and writing was the only approved escape they had from the daily grind of being a surrogate parent.

They left their family of origin on their 18th birthday and have spent the years since writing, deconstructing, healing, and raising awareness of this dark underbelly of Christianity, homeschooling, and the Quiverfull movement. All while trying to make up for a lifetime of educational and medical neglect, navigate through the "secular" world, get a college education, and transition while access to healthcare is systematically stripped away.

They've written on the topic of Christofascism and resistance for AutostraddleHomeschooler's Anonymous, and on their own site, Bridging the Gap.

You can follow them on twitter and support their work on patreon!


About Hännah



Hännah Ettinger is the oldest of 9 children from a Quiverfull family. Born in California and raised in a cult in Virginia, she served Jesus by helping raise her younger siblings, teaching Sunday School, and praying daily that God would allow her to live and die for his glory.

A voracious reader, Hännah began exploring far beyond the walls of her home through literature, and eventually found community through blogging about theology and collaborating on online magazines with other homeschoolers across the country.

When she left for college at 18 and started courting at age 19, cognitive dissonance set in and she began to question everything: how the Bible was taught and read (was literal 6 day creation even IN the Bible?), how women were treated (why does The Handmaid’s Tale feel like real life?), and conservative Christian exceptionalism in America (why do white Christians think they are better than everyone else when they clearly are not?).

After getting married at 21 to escape her father’s control and emotionally abusive tactics, Hännah found herself quickly outgrowing her old beliefs, eventually getting divorced at 23, and leaving the church. Since then she’s been focused on healing, deconstructing and relearning everything she believed about herself and the world, and on exploring and adventuring, all the while writing about it in essays, poetry, fiction, and blogs.

She’s written about divorce in the church for The Washington Post, about The Handmaid’s Tale and Quiverfull for The Establishment, among other outlets, and has blogged about leaving the cult at her own blog, and about being a homeschooled Peace Corps Volunteer for The Responsible Coalition for Home Education. She has been interviewed on or featured by: NPR's Fresh Air, Cosmopolitan, Glamour UK, and Cracked.com.

Hännah is currently working on a memoir through the MFA Creative Writing program at Hollins University. You can follow her on Twitter or support her work via Venmo, both at @haettinger.
Tiers
Coffee Date
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
For the price of your fanciest cup of joe, you get a direct email with every fresh-pressed podcast to download 24 hrs earlier than anyone else! 
Drinks on us!
$10 or more per month 10 patrons
You get the drunk-history version of our rants in special episodes where we do an uncensored deep-dive into topics YOU can request. 
EX-CULT PARTY
$25 or more per month 2 of 30 patrons
Bi-monthly Google hangouts where we chill and dish. AMA and BYOB. 
Free Jinger AMA
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
Hännah and Kieryn will do an AMA on Free Jinger
Emotional Labor Doula Time
$45 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Have a question that needs concentrated focus? Need help understanding your aunt/brother/cousin's particular religious group or culty friend sitch?

We'll respond to your email questions once a month with identifying details removed and everyone on this tier will get to see our answers!
LOVE BOMBS
$100 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
We'll give you a gushy shout-out in the podcast and send you a handwritten thank you note and love you forever!
About the Podcast

Kitchen Table Cult unpacks all the things Kieryn and Hännah learned at their childhood kitchen tables in conservative Christian homeschooling families. Every week we take your questions and drill down on various topics about Quiverfull, the Religious Right, and our childhoods in high-demand groups (otherwise known as cults).

We’re not surprised about the rise of Trump, Christian fascism, or evangelical white women voting for someone like Mike Pence, and we want to take you back through the beginning of it all to explain why.

Tune in weekly (when we're not in school) or monthly (during the semester).

About Kieryn



Kieryn Darkwater is the eldest of 8, and was the firstborn daughter in what eventually became a Quiverfull family. The Stay-at-Home-Daughter's (SAHD) primary responsibility is often "training to be a helpmeet" by becoming the surrogate mother to the younger children. Kieryn started bearing significant responsibility for their family's household by age 8. By the time they reached age 15, they were graduated from (homeschool) high school so they could better fulfill their role as a helpmeet-in-training, by focusing on childrearing instead of education.

When they weren't caretaking, Kieryn was involved in right wing political activism. Working with Generation Joshua and TeenPact, they campaigned for Roy Moore, Randall Terry, Ralph Reed, and other Christian conservative leaders in the south. They also wrote prolifically and helped create a media network of blogs, podcasts, an online magazine by and for homeschooled Christian conservative teens. Embedding themselves in right-wing grassroots organizing, activism, and writing was the only approved escape they had from the daily grind of being a surrogate parent.

They left their family of origin on their 18th birthday and have spent the years since writing, deconstructing, healing, and raising awareness of this dark underbelly of Christianity, homeschooling, and the Quiverfull movement. All while trying to make up for a lifetime of educational and medical neglect, navigate through the "secular" world, get a college education, and transition while access to healthcare is systematically stripped away.

They've written on the topic of Christofascism and resistance for AutostraddleHomeschooler's Anonymous, and on their own site, Bridging the Gap.

You can follow them on twitter and support their work on patreon!


About Hännah



Hännah Ettinger is the oldest of 9 children from a Quiverfull family. Born in California and raised in a cult in Virginia, she served Jesus by helping raise her younger siblings, teaching Sunday School, and praying daily that God would allow her to live and die for his glory.

A voracious reader, Hännah began exploring far beyond the walls of her home through literature, and eventually found community through blogging about theology and collaborating on online magazines with other homeschoolers across the country.

When she left for college at 18 and started courting at age 19, cognitive dissonance set in and she began to question everything: how the Bible was taught and read (was literal 6 day creation even IN the Bible?), how women were treated (why does The Handmaid’s Tale feel like real life?), and conservative Christian exceptionalism in America (why do white Christians think they are better than everyone else when they clearly are not?).

After getting married at 21 to escape her father’s control and emotionally abusive tactics, Hännah found herself quickly outgrowing her old beliefs, eventually getting divorced at 23, and leaving the church. Since then she’s been focused on healing, deconstructing and relearning everything she believed about herself and the world, and on exploring and adventuring, all the while writing about it in essays, poetry, fiction, and blogs.

She’s written about divorce in the church for The Washington Post, about The Handmaid’s Tale and Quiverfull for The Establishment, among other outlets, and has blogged about leaving the cult at her own blog, and about being a homeschooled Peace Corps Volunteer for The Responsible Coalition for Home Education. She has been interviewed on or featured by: NPR's Fresh Air, Cosmopolitan, Glamour UK, and Cracked.com.

Hännah is currently working on a memoir through the MFA Creative Writing program at Hollins University. You can follow her on Twitter or support her work via Venmo, both at @haettinger.

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Tiers
Coffee Date
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
For the price of your fanciest cup of joe, you get a direct email with every fresh-pressed podcast to download 24 hrs earlier than anyone else! 
Drinks on us!
$10 or more per month 10 patrons
You get the drunk-history version of our rants in special episodes where we do an uncensored deep-dive into topics YOU can request. 
EX-CULT PARTY
$25 or more per month 2 of 30 patrons
Bi-monthly Google hangouts where we chill and dish. AMA and BYOB. 
Free Jinger AMA
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
Hännah and Kieryn will do an AMA on Free Jinger
Emotional Labor Doula Time
$45 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Have a question that needs concentrated focus? Need help understanding your aunt/brother/cousin's particular religious group or culty friend sitch?

We'll respond to your email questions once a month with identifying details removed and everyone on this tier will get to see our answers!
LOVE BOMBS
$100 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
We'll give you a gushy shout-out in the podcast and send you a handwritten thank you note and love you forever!