Trigger warning: feminism.
Sometimes the piece is so dense that no one actually reads it
And the author wonders if all her or his writing effort was wasted.
But otherwise, the fangirls quickly show up first to say “Brava!”
And the usual men approve, too.
Eventually, someone comes along to disagree.
Usually they just want to explain that men and women are biologically different, which justifies everything.
And they’re happy to insist that all women fit into the same more nurturing and righteous box
even over the denials of actual women on the thread.
Someone else posts a link to “The Two Trees”, because that solves everything.
And someone else links to Lynette’s response to eviscerate the argument.
Then, even if the post isn’t about modesty, someone has to tangentially complain that the “world” only values women for their beautiful uncovered bodies
While the Church protects women by valuing them for their beautiful covered bodies.
After all, women just don’t know the impact their beauty might be having on men every second of every day.
Because men are entirely visual creatures who can’t resist temptation
and women just can’t possibly understand that.
At this point, someone comes along to express their shock and disappointment that faithful Mormons would dare to talk about this on the Internet
and someone backs them up with a long comment consisting only of copy-pasted quotes from General Authorities
while another commenter tries to explain that men and women are biologically different, which justifies everything.
A woman shares her tragic personal story related to the topic
but everyone ignores it, because a deliberate troll has just said that the Church is really sexist towards men because women will get to be eternally pregnant.
…Or wait, they’re not trolling? They really believe that!??!
Meanwhile, half the thread has devolved into an arcane side discussion between only two people about something completely unrelated
and a heated exchange between the person whose ward is the absolute best, where none of this happens, and the person whose ward is the absolute worst, where all of this and more happens.
The angry ex-Mormon and the angry TBM each independently insist that the author of the OP should just leave the Church
which finally brings the moderator in.
The discussion gets back on track with a woman adding her personal experience of how the status quo in the Church makes her feel.
and immediately another woman accuses her of apostasy, because she loves the status quo thanks to her moral superiority and deeper understanding of the gospel.
Luckily, there’s always a man ready to appoint himself as a unofficial conversation referee and tell the ladies to calm down.
Another man drives by to complain about the theoretical unsophistication of feminism.
As soon as one of the feminist commenters realizes that’s coming from a man
they automatically dismisses the point, and all others made by men, because of male privilege.
He denies it
and claims his feelings are hurt, which makes feminism invalid.
Some of the other feminist commenters agree with him and chastise the woman who made the privilege comment
claiming that she’s just an angry feminist making the rest of them look bad.
They all storm off the thread in a huff
forcing the moderator to step in again and threaten to close the thread.
Not realizing the conversation is basically over, someone leaves a link to their own blog to get attention for an overly-long response that no one will read.
And three months later someone comes by offering a great deal on weight-loss pills.
- 9 March 2014