Posts Tagged ‘ feminism ’

Why can’t Mormons have a women-affirming theology?

September 11, 2014
Eve in the Garden of Eden, by Anna Lea Merritt

How is it that, in 2014, we are seriously confronted with serious articles about how women are the “brides of Satan”?

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Posted in Doctrine, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 62 Comments »

Masters of Sex: Revisionist History

August 12, 2014
Masters of Sex:  Revisionist History

I’m about to go on record as agreeing, at least in part, with Boyd K. Packer’s statement that not all truth is useful. Masters of Sex:  Truth vs. Usefulness I’ve been watching the Showtime original series Masters of Sex, about real life pioneering sex doctors Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters.  Their work was incredibly important […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

Kate & John: Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

June 17, 2014
Kate & John:  Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

The recent actions against John Dehlin and Kate Kelly have been unsettling for many of us who are familiar with them and their work.  Others feel that the church’s action against them is long overdue, and that they are undermining (or attempting to) the very foundations of our doctrines.  There are people like me who […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 59 Comments »

In Kate’s Defense: Her Mother Speaks

June 12, 2014
In Kate’s Defense:  Her Mother Speaks

An Open letter for all who have ears to hear: My Amazing Daughter Kate Kelly Jesus said “ASK and ye shall receive. Significantly, he did not say “ASK and ye shall be punished.” #STANDWITHKATE *** An open letter to all who have ears to hear: From a very young age, Kate has been a bright […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 13 Comments »

Best Frenemies

June 2, 2014
Best Frenemies

Dear Brother Otterson, I so appreciate the step you took with your latest letter.  I find a lot of hope there.  I feel so grateful that you referred to some mormon feminists in a positive light.  As a cultural group the church members try to silence and ostracize many of us.  The letter seems to […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 Comments »

Public Affairs’ Open Letter to the Bloggernacle

May 30, 2014
Public Affairs’ Open Letter to the Bloggernacle

This letter is being discussed on the other blogs.  Wheat & Tares is one of the blogs that did not receive a direct copy of this from Bro. Otterson, so this is a copy paste of the letter for our readers.  *Footnotes are editorial comments by wheatmeister and are not part of Bro. Otterson’s letter. […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 58 Comments »

The Stepford Meme

May 20, 2014
The Stepford Meme

A recent article from lds.org entitled “Celebrate Nurturing” was associated with a meme on the church’s Facebook page encouraging women to build friendships using three “techniques”:  speaking confidently of motherhood, speaking more often about nurturing, and expanding your circle of sisterhood.  This bizarre advice (the first two parts anyway) has little practical application, and raised […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Oppressive vs. Benevolent Patriarchy

May 13, 2014
Oppressive vs. Benevolent Patriarchy

A recent post by the highly talented Andrea R-M on Juvenile Instructor explained the difference between oppressive patriarchy and benevolent patriarchy, an important distinction for Mormons who are (on the whole) opposed to the former and in favor of the latter. In theory, benevolent patriarchy is a bridge between oppressive patriarchy and actual equality.  Oppressive patriarchy […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 40 Comments »

Titles: Help or Hindrance?

April 24, 2014
Titles: Help or Hindrance?

“There is no “up or down” in the service of the Lord. There is only “forward or backward,” and that difference depends on how we accept and act upon our releases and our callings. I once presided at the release of a young stake president who had given fine service for nine years and was […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 29 Comments »

Church by Men for Men

April 22, 2014
Church by Men for Men

This is a post I actually wrote over two years ago, long before Ordain Women was founded, before a woman prayed in General Conference.  I was surprised to find it in draft, fully written, and yet still mostly timely.  I’ve done a little updating to include some current references and five suggestions for next steps […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized, Women | 74 Comments »

How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward? (Poll)

March 11, 2014
How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward?  (Poll)

We frequently talk about how different our local ward experiences are from place to place, and even over time.  I put together a quick and totally subjective rating system to determine how “feminist-friendly” our wards are on the whole.  This is using a 1-5 scale with 1 being hostile to feminists and 5 being welcoming […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 31 Comments »

Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

February 11, 2014
Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

Being a woman in a patriarchal church is bound to have some ups and downs. In summary . . .

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Posted in Agency, economics, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

Futility & Change: A Response to Bro. Jake

January 14, 2014
Futility & Change:  A Response to Bro. Jake

In keeping with the spirit of Jake’s post this Sunday, I wanted to add another perspective and expound on what may be happening behind the scenes.  In December, I published a post at By Common Consent, “Don’t Let’s Ask for the Moon.  We Have the Stars,” explaining why I didn’t participate in Ordain Women, although […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

Why Do Boys Suck at School?

November 12, 2013
Why Do Boys Suck at School?

For the last ten years, studies have consistently shown that boys are lagging behind girls in school.  This trend is not only an issue in the US, but also in the UK.  Boys are expelled – from preschool – at 5x the rate of girls!  Boys are more likely to have to repeat a grade, […]

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Posted in BYU, economics, Education, money, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 18 Comments »

What Don’t Women Get

October 11, 2013
What Don’t Women Get

In response to the Ordain Women movement, many women in the church have been circulating a video by Sheri Dew called “What Women Get.”  Today’s guest post is a response to the points Sis. Dew raises in this video, and why this isn’t enough.  Welcome to guest poster Madison P.! Here’s a run down of […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 28 Comments »

By the Waters of Babylon: My Reaction to the Response to the OW Action

October 10, 2013
By the Waters of Babylon: My Reaction to the Response to the OW Action

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. (Psalms 137:1) As a teenager, many Sunday afternoons were spent singing with my family, whilst my mother played guitar. I became familiar with the round ‘By the Waters of Babylon’, in which Israel laments its captivity, long before I […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 47 Comments »

Female Education (Weekend Poll)

September 28, 2013
Female Education (Weekend Poll)

Studies show very clearly that the higher the education level for women, the fewer children they have.  Yet women in the church are encouraged to focus on motherhood while also getting as much education as possible.  A recent Catholic article outlined six reasons women should not be sent to college. By contrast, why does the […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, debt, Education, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Is Shaming a Good Parenting Technique?

September 17, 2013
Is Shaming a Good Parenting Technique?

The Deseret News posted an interesting article about a father (Mackintosh, right) who didn’t like the shorts his daughter was wearing, so he cut some of his own pants to mimic hers and wore them in public. [1] This act was sufficiently lauded to be featured in the Deseret News, but then it also got […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Singles | 25 Comments »

Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

September 12, 2013
Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

I am disturbed by the view that there even is such a thing as the divine feminine, and presumably it’s counterpart, the divine masculine. If our Heavenly Mother embodies the divine feminine, then presumably our Heavenly Father embodies the divine masculine. If they are then our role models, are we to become like them, divinely […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 29 Comments »

What is Feminism?

September 7, 2013
What is Feminism?

If you answered no to question 3, what is your definition of feminism?  This will be interactive, and we will add your choices to the poll as we receive them.  But for now, here’s two options:

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Posted in Mormon, Politics | 102 Comments »

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