In recent days the church newsroom has released statements that provide helpful context for current goings-on in our global church community. Unfortunately, the newsroom may not be aware that not all members are fluent in Newspeak. I’m providing the following lexicon in the hopes that it can bridge that comprehension gap: family: people we would […]
How do we lance the following Gordian knot in our theology? Ordinances are only legitimate when they’re performed by authorized priesthood holders. All authorized priesthood holders are male, exclusively. Yet ordinances performed by authorized women are equally legitimate. There have been a number of attempts to develop a theological vocabulary that describes female-performed ordinances in […]
1. Gender roles can hurt men too. We often appeal to race relations—and activism to combat systemic racism—as a model for combating patriarchy. While the analogy comparing sexism to racism has some utility (whites and men, as overlapping classes of people, are both constructed as neutral categories and have a history of monopolizing economic and […]
When I was little I used to beg my older brother and sister to let me play with them. They had a huge collection of miniature vehicles ranging from Matchbox Model-Ts and race cars to a car-shaped eraser someone got at the dentist (“Putt-Putt”), and they all had names and personalities. Sometimes they’d let me […]
Our planet’s head support staff is comprised of three males: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Heavenly Mother gets an occasional sideways glance in current publications (and so do her sister wives if you go back a bit), but is never mentioned even once in any scriptural or liturgical text; she’s a grainy mirage of a […]
(Adapted from a comment Starfoxy made years ago.) You need a ticket to ride the ferris wheel, and your ticket needs you to ride the ferris wheel. That doesn’t make you and your ticket equal in value. Personally, I hope to be more in life than a man’s ticket onto the celestial ferris wheel.
The principles I have identified for the exercise of priesthood authority are more understandable and more comfortable for a married woman than for a single woman, especially a single woman who has never been married. She does not now experience priesthood authority in the partnership relationship of marriage. Her experiences with priesthood authority are in […]
In the spirit of Mormon Stories and Mormon Expression, Sybil has taken the initiative in developing a series of podcasts devoted specifically to women’s issues in Mormonism at Daughters of Mormonism. There’s a lot of great stuff here, but I especially appreciated the discussion of problematic gendered language in Restoration scripture (Gender Bias in the Book […]
Are women’s perceptions less reliable than men’s? Does this policy not privilege the validity of male experience over female, signaling the stance that men’s perceptions should be accepted by the community as “truth,” where women’s experiences must be measured against men’s?
(originally posted in December 2006) One of my family’s more unique Christmas traditions ordinarily takes place sometime between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. We call it simply “the Catastrofeast.” In short, everyone collects unusual recipes they’ve never tried and we go wild. (Creating fine cuisine does not seem to run in our family; just […]
Actually, there are three kinds of presiding. At least. The Chicken Patriarch may have crossed the road to get to his other preside, but his wife occupies yet a third space vis-a-vis this most vexed of terms. Or so it would appear from the model laid out by Elder Oaks. There’s a lot of blurring of […]
Why did the Chicken Patriarch cross the road?
It’s pretty clear there are interrelationships among identified feminist concerns in Mormonism. But do you feel that your feminist issues can be reduced to a common source? Is there one issue that encompasses all the others, or from which all the others flow? And if so, what is it? Does everything come back to women […]
A. I’m completely orthodox. I believe and advocate everything the Church teaches (if understood correctly). B. I don’t believe or advocate x. C. Therefore, the Church must not teach x, regardless of the evidence. Since I don’t accept it, x must be folk doctrine, or “culture,” or a misunderstanding of what Church leaders actually meant. What’s wrong with this […]
(See here.) It would seem to me that this idea arises fairly naturally from the notion that God has crafted individual plans of salvation in addition to his general plan, and that salvation (more precisely: exaltation) is facilitated by marriage. Does God tell us whom to marry? Should we wait to marry until God confirms our choices? […]
In a recent press release, Church authorities announced that the forthcoming Priesthood/Relief Society manuals will be issued in the form of a board book entitled Goodnight, Brain. In order to broaden their accessibility, lessons have been streamlined and simplified into telegraphic language, such as “God good. Devil bad.” Each lesson will take up a single […]
(See here.) Men have a sacred role in the purification and sanctification of women, said a member of the Coven of the Sixty-six at Tuesday’s devotional. Whether a father, husband, brother or son, men have the divine nature to love others and the destiny to complete women, said Elder Gwendolyn L. Petunia.