Zelophehad’s Daughters

Train Tripping (Part 2)

Posted by Lynnette

Notes from a train trip from Emeryville, CA to Indianapolis, IN 9 April 2014 2:18 AM I read for a while last night and then tried to fall asleep. It almost happened a couple of times, but not quite. Obviously this isn’t the ideal environment for sleeping, but usually I can manage nonetheless. I think […]

Train Tripping (Part 1)

Posted by Lynnette

Notes from a train trip from Emeryville, CA to Indianapolis, IN 7 April 2014 10:04 PM I’m already packing, and it’s not even midnight. Impressive, I must say. I’m done with my suitcase; what I’m figuring out now is what to bring with me in coach. I don’t generally pay for meals on the train […]

The Negative Response to Ordain Women

Posted by Lynnette

I was not surprised to see that conservative Mormons had a negative response to the actions of Ordain Women over the weekend. But I was curious to see what specific issues would come up in the conversation about it. Toward that end, I read a 203-comment thread on a popular conservative Mormon website, created some […]

Church to Implement Stop-and-Frisk, Outst Feminist Agitators

Posted by Melyngoch

To: Public Affairs Department From: Temple Square Security Subject: Ideological Stop-and-Frisk Date: April 1, 2014 _____________________________________________ We have received your request that members of the so-called “Ordain Women” movement be quietly removed from the grounds of Temple Square and the Conference Center during this weekend’s General Conference. Unfortunately it has become difficult to determine just […]

10 Things to Like about the General Women’s Meeting

Posted by Guest

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 […]

The Camelot Convention

Posted by Lynnette

Setting: Camelot Commons Elayne: I can’t wait for the Camelot Convention next month! I’m going to get in line for the Round Table session. Percival: If you do that, there won’t be room for the hordes of men who want to attend. Elayne: But I never have understood why women can’t be Round Table Squires. […]

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

Posted by Guest

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 […]

Where is the Female Sacred Space?

Posted by Galdralag

Two months ago I had a once in a lifetime experience: I was invited to an Emirati wedding. In a vast, glittering ballroom, chandeliers festooned and arches bedecked with streaming garlands of real flowers, I sat with nearly six hundred Emirati women eating an eight-course gourmet meal, waited on by servants robed in white with […]

Stop Using Eve and the Fall as Evidence that the LDS View of Women is Progressive

Posted by Lynnette

“The incorrect idea in Christian history that wives should be dependent began with the false premise that the fall of Adam and Eve was a tragic mistake and that Eve was the primary culprit. Thus women’s traditional submission to men was considered a fair punishment for Eve’s sin. Thankfully, the Restoration clarifies Eve’s — and […]

Mr. Kafka Goes to Temple Square

Posted by Melyngoch

This is the clause I’m adding to my freshman composition syllabus next semester: If, during the course of the semester, you find that you need something from me, please do not come to my office and ask for it. By doing so you will interfere with the dialogue I am always already having with my […]

Tuesday’s Twice-Baked ZD: Reflections on Good Friday

Posted by ZD Past

In this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Twice-Baked ZD we revisit Lynnette’s beautiful reflections on the Atonement. I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about the stories surrounding Easter. I remember as a child listening to adults talking in solemn and hushed tones about the death of Jesus, and wondering how I was supposed to react. Should […]

Every Bloggernacle Argument About Feminism, As Told in GIFs

Posted by Petra

Trigger warning: feminism.

Take Carol Lynn Pearson’s Survey on Sealing Inequality and Eternal Polygamy

Posted by ZD

ETERNAL POLYGAMY AND SEALING INEQUALITY OF LDS WOMEN AND MEN—A SURVEY. Carol Lynn Pearson (www.clpearson.com) is sponsoring a survey to gather information on beliefs and opinions of Mormons (and former Mormons), male and female, on this important subject. Please take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sealingsurvey and please pass this request on to your friends and contacts. The survey […]

Charity on the Rocks

Posted by Petra

This is a talk I gave in my ward at the end of January. **** My husband grew up backpacking, and it was one of the conditions of our marriage that I would learn to backpack too. I do it now, and occasionally even enjoy it, but it’s definitely a stretch to say that I’m […]

Un-Freezing

Posted by Lynnette

When it comes to navigating the gay Mormon thing, I’ve been in many ways incredibly fortunate. When I first came out to my siblings and a couple of close friends several years ago, the response I got was largely a matter-of-fact acceptance, one that left me plenty of breathing room and no pressure—and I got […]

Answering the Temple Recommend Interview Questions, Part 2

Posted by Petra

This the second part of a series in which my friend ajbc gives her personal, long-winded, and rambling answers to each LDS temple question, since the actual interviews do not allow for elaborate discussion. The first post is here. ***** It’s taken me a while to get to this second post, in part because I […]

The Value of the Creation Stories

Posted by Lynnette

One of my friends has been asking me questions about the Creation stories lately. What’s the value, she wants to know, in reading them? In their neat, tidy rendering of the world, what connection do they have to actual life here, in its complications and messiness? They don’t give us a scientific rendering of the […]

Let’s Make the Hymnbook More of a His and Hers Book

Posted by Mike C

This Sunday in sacrament meeting we sang the hymn O God, the Eternal Father. I noticed this time, more than previous times, the gender-exclusive language: That sacred, holy off’ring, By man least understood… With no apparent beauty, That man should him desire… To walk upon his footstool And be like man, almost… I understand that […]

The Problem of Gays in LDS Theology, Part II

Posted by Lynnette

Following up to my first post on why homosexuality is a theological problem for Mormons—and the stark question of whether gays can be seen as fully human in LDS teachings—I would like suggest a few avenues for theological thought which may yield more encouraging results. 1. One possibility is to conceptualize the image of God […]

The Problem of Gays in LDS Theology, Part I

Posted by Lynnette

Note: Just in case my title isn’t clear, I would like to state at the outset that I am not asking the question  of whether I personally think that gays are fully human; rather, I am looking at elements of LDS teachings which I find particularly disturbing. Please read the post before getting out your […]