Doing research into the Quiverfull Movement added a strange new word to my vocabulary: "Helpmeet." Although not in my mainstream vocabulary, and maybe not in yours either; the word shows up everywhere from wedding vows to regular conversation within the Quiverfull/Christian Patriarchy movement. There is even a book entitled, "Created to be His Helpmeet," written for women of the Christian Right, which suggests a "smile and submit" way for Christian women to treat their husbands.
What exactly is a helpmeet? Merriam-Webster online directed me to the word, "helpmate," which is defined as "One who is a companian and helper, especially a wife."
If you click back to the original definition, you find two example sentences:
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