Do the JW's still have a belief in headship?
I'm talking about where the male is the Head of the house. His word is law, his wife is in subjection to him, his children are meant to sit and listen in awe to his every pronouncement.
My own experiences with men who were "Head of the house" during my dub days are pretty colourful. I saw one ayatollah type lose every one of his 5 children from the JW's just as fast as they could legally scoot out the door. He'd even explain patiently to them that he'd threatened to hit them if they misbehaved, they had misbehaved, and Jehovah now insisted that he mete out said punishment no matter what. He'd go on that his "yes had to mean yes and his no had to mean no", so no matter how much they pleaded for mercy, he was still going to beat them. Then his hand would strike the child with devastating force.
I've seen a family head cut off his daughters hair so he wouldn't be so attracted to her. I've seen so much physical violence from one family head against his daughters that I've had to step in. Iv'e seen another thundering to his daughter to get on her knees and beg for forgiveness, because she wasn't submissive enough.
Personally, I've come to believe that most of these so called "heads" were basically just uneducated men who were of low intelligence and totally inept at any form of leadership. So many JW males are in this category and are unable to think in shades of grey. They make life intolerable for their families, in particular the kids, with the inevitable result that they leave the JW's just as soon as they can.
Anyone here met any family heads who were really more suited to the role of an ayatollah?