Life As A Female In An Amish Community

Life in an Amish community is somewhat of a secret. The following story comes from a girl (Imgur: AeroGirlsLikePlanes) that escaped a community and shared what she calls her “less traumatic stories”. While she says that some Amish are wonderful people, their culture is based on abuse, taking advantage of the weak, oppression of women, violence, and inequality. She says that popular portrayals of Amish life are either ignored or unknown.

See also: Big Valley, PA: Old Order Amish Country.

 

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I saw this image earlier and decided to do something I've been meaning to do for a while: post some of my experiences in an Amish community when I was a teenager. These are only my experiences; I know that many people have had great experiences with them, and even I knew some people that weren't terrible outside of their cultural practices.

 

The worst possible punishment as a Amish woman is to be singled out in front of other people, because attention is immodest. This young woman went insane after this happened, and the bishop that shamed her was her father.

 

 

I know this from young women I knew that got married.

 

I was actually present when one man beat his wife because she had said "no" to their 3 yr old son, and he already outranked her in authority according to the father. Tl;dr woman gets beaten for not obeying 3 yr old son.

 

 

There are a lot fewer old women in these communities than there are old men.

 

This seems trivial to anyone outside of that culture, but something like this is every Amish girl's worst nightmare.

 

 

 

 

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