Zelophehad’s Daughters

Ordain Women, Women’s Ordination

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A guest post from Jacob Baker, whose first guest post on ZD can be found here. This post is also on Jacob’s personal blog. At the outset, I should say that at this point nothing is going to stop Ordain Women, whether you think that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It’s clear that […]

10 Things to Like about the General Women’s Meeting

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This guest post comes to us from a ZD reader and commenter who goes by Thokozile. Thokozile studies cell biology, which mainly involves looking at tiny things and describing them in complicated ways. She has also been known to play the organ, wear purple pants, and lick banana slugs. I was expecting the General Women’s […]

American Two-Party Politics Finds a New Battleground in the Ordain Women Movement

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This guest post comes to us from Esther, a globetrotting sociologist and West Coast native. She loves Jesus, her family and friends, Jimmy Fallon, Michelle Obama, fresh salsa, and Tillamook cheese. In that order. The obvious drawback of belonging to the Only True And Living Church On The Earth is associating with a lot of […]

On Being Needed vs. Being Necessary: Some Thoughts on Women, Priesthood, and Responsibility

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[This post, from Jacob Baker, originally appeared at his blog All Eternity Shakes: Letters From the Vineyard. It has been slightly revised from the original. Jacob describes himself as "a student of religion and a stalwart fanboy of Zelophehad's female offspring. Ok, and the guys too." We're excited to have him guest-posting for us.] Women […]

My life as a member of the church

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The following is an excerpt from an interview between a member of the Strengthening the Members Committee and missionary rodent, shortly after she was taken into captivity How long have you been following us? My people first came to this planet in search of intelligent life in the hopes of opening trade negotiations, and seeking […]

Talking About Gender Differences

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This guest post comes to us from Beatrice. In our society, we like to talk about the differences between men and women. It is the stuff upon which great novels and films are built. It can be used as a source of bonding with our same-sex peers “Oh, my husband does that too,” or it […]

Guest Post: How Mormon Women Negotiate Contradiction

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The following is by Katya’s friend Nocturne, who is gathering information for a paper she’s writing, as explained below. We’re hoping her questions will generate insightful reflections upon personal experience and lively discussion. If you would like to respond to her questions privately, we’d encourage you to send your answers to “info at zelophehadsdaughters dot […]

After Gonzales v. Carhart

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This guest post comes to us from frequent ZD commenter and blogging veteran ECS. Much of the publicity surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision has died down. The Court’s reasoning in Gonzales v. Carhart, however, deserves a closer look. Whether you believe a woman has a right to terminate her pregnancy is not […]

Having One Spouse Be In Charge

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(Since this issue came up several times in the comments on the feminist concerns poll, it seemed worth opening it up for discussion on its own thread.) Proud Daughter of Eve wrote: I have no problem with a man presiding in the home because someone has to be the head and if the mom is […]

Authenticity in Relief Society

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Sally raised this great question on Eve’s “Relief Society Goes Berserk” thread: I am teaching RS tomorrow on unity and have been thinking alot about what creates unity. One post mentioned that we don’t have “authentic voices” in RS, we don’t share our struggles because we need to put on our happy faces at church […]

Finding Middle Ground

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Jessawhy recently posed this excellent question: I’m wondering if there is any middle ground between being 100% behind anything that any living prophet has ever spoken, and rationalizing myself out of the church. How do you find the middle ground? How do you stay active without feeling like you’ve given your brain up to the […]

Mark IV’s Final Question: Changing Feminism

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6. If you were elected president of NOW, what three things about feminism would you try to change? And you can’t say its perception!

Mark IV’s Next Two Questions: Diversity within Feminism

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In case people aren’t completely burned out on the topic of feminism, I thought we’d continue with Mark IV’s questions. Here are the next two. 4. It is assumed that feminists value diversity. Why, then, is feminism in America almost exclusively espoused by well educated white women? Is this a coincidence, or is that fact […]

Mark IV’s Next Two Questions: The Contradictions and Costs of Feminism

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OK, let’s try a couple more. (Sorry, Mark, in looking over these again, I realize I probaby should have paired your second question with your first.) 2. Does feminism have any built-in limitations or internal contradictions? If so, what are they? 3. We often (rightly) enumerate the ways in which women’s lives have improved as […]

Mark IV’s First Question: The Limitations of Feminism

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Near the end of Kiskilili’s recent post “Where Do Mormon Feminists Come From?” our frequent commentator and good friend Mark IV proposed a short list of questions he’d like to see feminists discuss. Here follows the first of those questions. I’m looking forward to reading what people have to say about the issues he raises. […]