Women in General Conference: Weekend Poll

October 6, 2012

There has been a lot of bloggernacle discussion over the years about how to make women feel more equal in the male-dominated General Conference.

What do you think the church should do to boost gender equality in General Conference? (choose up to your top 3 ideas)

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What other ideas do you have?

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12 Responses to Women in General Conference: Weekend Poll

  1. Mormon Heretic on October 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I wanted to select 4. In addition to
    1. Equate fatherhood with motherhood, not priesthood with motherhood.

    2. Select a female church university president.

    3. Invite some women to address priesthood session.

    4. There should be more female speakers.

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  2. Nick Literski on October 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    (1) Let women in LDS general conference speak in normal voices, rather than the “sweet” tones that make them sound like they’re addressing three year olds.

    (2) Let women in LDS general conference speak on poverty, hunger, or something other than childrearing and homemaking.

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  3. Hedgehog on October 7, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I’d like a whole lot:

    Equate fatherhood with motherhood, not priesthood with motherhood.

    There should be more female speakers.
    (and have them speak on meaty topics, not 5 minutes gushing stuff.)

    Have women give both opening and closing prayers.
    (equal representation in the distribution of both opening and closing prayers would be good, but not assigned wholly to women)

    Invite some women to address priesthood session.
    (for so long as there are men addressing the RS and YW meetings. In fact combine the YW/RS meetings have them twice a year, and label them Women’s Conference.)

    Nothing against: Select a female church university president.
    (though I do think that should be based on academic merit.)

    On the remaining two I have further caveats:
    Encourage women equally to lead within the church, to serve missions, and to finish their education. (Should read ‘Provide opportunities for women to lead equally, enourage them to finish education. Etc..)

    Invite the wives of apostles to speak along with their husbands. Make apostleship more of a “couples” calling. (If that’s the only way we’re going to get more female representation, though that might have the downside of undermining RS, and have them speak on meaty topics, not 5 minutes gushing stuff.)

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  4. Troth Everyman on October 7, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Simple:

    Let women hold the priesthood and do all the stuff that men do in the “upper church”. Including be an apostle or prophetess.

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  5. Mormon Heretic on October 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Nick, I’d love to have women talk about meaty topics, but quite often the men don’t talk about meaty things either. It’s the same old porn, WoW, go on a mission stuff. My guess is that the women leaders (1) enjoy the syrupy stuff, (2) chose those topics themselves. We keep hearing that topics aren’t assigned, so I doubt that women are being assigned these topics. But yes, I’d like much more meat from everyone. We spend wayyyyy too much time on the basics. If only Joseph Smith were around to expound more on the King Follet sermon….. Instead we get more of the Dumbing Down of the gospel.

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  6. Will on October 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I see no need for change, I think the roles outlined in The Family; a Proclaimiation to The World serves our society well. I think it is the solution to all of the world’s social ills.

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  7. Rigel Hawthorne on October 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Is “Will” a front name for that 0.4% of hits to Wheat and Tares that come from the Church Office Building?

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  8. Will on October 7, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Rigel,

    It may be the view of the Church leaders, but it is also my view. I have seen it in my own family with my mother and my wife, both of whom I have a great deal of respect and do not look at them narrowly for thier decision to be stay at home moms.

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  9. hawkgrrrl on October 8, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Where is that dislike button when we need it?

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  10. Hedgehog on October 8, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    MH #5:
    “I’d love to have women talk about meaty topics, but quite often the men don’t talk about meaty things either.”
    In my view the men’s talks are nevertheless, meatier than the women’s, but perhaps that is just because there are more of them, so we get a greater cross-section of people.

    “My guess is that the women leaders (1) enjoy the syrupy stuff, (2) chose those topics themselves.”
    And if so, this only goes to show that we need a wider cross-section of women in leadership positions. I don’t feel well-represented by the syrupy faction.

    As to spending so much time on the basics, perhaps because those are the things that are absolute as opposed to speculation, which seems to have caused so much aggravation from the past… Or maybe because not enough of us are actually doing the basics… I think the basics can be presented in a meaty way.

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  11. Mormon Heretic on October 8, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    I think the basics can be presented in a meaty way.

    I agree, but the basics are never presented in a meaty way in GC. For me it is really disappointing.

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  12. Vicki on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    The RS/YW sessions should be combined and become an official session of General Conference. Actually I don’t care if they’re combined but they should be part of GC. Officially.

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