Posts Tagged ‘ women ’

A Small Step Forwards…

August 19, 2015
A Small Step Forwards…

Last year I wrote a post covering the European Women’s Meeting headed “Show Me Don’t Tell Me”. The title was a part inspired by my dislike of the pedestalisation of women within the church, and the lack of actual authority. I commented then “I find it hard to fathom how having GA wives, nice as […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, gender equity, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 54 Comments »

I’m racist

June 19, 2015
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I can pinpoint the exact moment that I realized I was racist. It was last year and I was reading Jana Riess’ Flunking Sainthood blog right after the General Women’s Meeting where she shared some highlights including: I remember being present at the April 2013 session of conference when Sis. Stephens was allowed to pray […]

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Posted in Empathy, Priesthood, Race Relations, Women | 34 Comments »

Teaching YW about the Priesthood

June 12, 2015
Teaching YW about the Priesthood

When my faith transition came out at a family reunion a few years ago, I had some family members comment that I was the last person they would ever want to teach their YW about the priesthood. I have to admit I feel a little vindicated by the abrupt change of course brought about by […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mission, Priesthood, Temple, Women | 17 Comments »

Mormons Suck at Empathy

April 24, 2015
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Let me clarify: it’s human nature to suck at empathy, but I think that Mormons are under obligation to be better at empathy because of the covenants we have made. I believe the heart of Christlike discipleship requires empathy. I believe ministering to each other is impossible with out it. If we want to be […]

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Posted in Charity, Christian, emotions, Empathy, General Conference, Gratitude, Infertility, Mormon Culture | 39 Comments »

When the Priesthood is Everything, It Becomes Nothing

March 20, 2015
Priesthood Blessing

The latest viral-nova mormon essay to hit the internets is about how a woman taught primary children how priesthood blesses our lives. I believe it is a valiant attempt to wrestle with the complicated and contradictory messages that we have always been given about women and the priesthood. It is a worthwhile endeavor, and I […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Sunday School, Women | 35 Comments »

Haters Gonna Hate

March 13, 2015
Haters Gonna Hate

In general I’m a fan of Neylan McBaine, I first ran across her a few years ago when I saw her presentation at FAIR making the rounds online and then when her “Moderate Mormon Manifesto” was published on FMH. I’ve tried to follow her work since then, and it wasn’t until listening to the Dialogue […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Reviews, Women | 19 Comments »

You be You

February 27, 2015
You be You

Nate’s post this week refers to balancing masculine/feminine dualities, and it got me thinking about a book my sister-in-law had me read last year. I don’t know if you’ve heard about “energy profiling,” apparently it’s a thing in Utah because Carol Tuttle, a Mormon woman, has developed her own business with an online class that […]

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Posted in Culture, Feminism, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon Culture, Women | 9 Comments »

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: The European Sisters’ Meeting

September 11, 2014
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: The European Sisters’ Meeting

Two weeks after the kerfuffle over the poster advertising the European Sisters’ Meeting, I was able to attend the broadcast itself. The poster was a bad start, but let’s see how we’re doing from a “show me, don’t tell me” perspective of the position of women in the church. I’ll give a brief overview of […]

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Posted in gender equity, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding, Women | 22 Comments »

MD Podcast – Elder Oaks and his April 2014 talk

July 20, 2014
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about E. Oaks’ recent talk on Priesthood authority. Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a closer look at Elder Oaks April 2014 Conference talk and suggests there may be more given by Elder Oaks than some first thought In the April 2014 conference Elder Oaks […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 7 Comments »

(Heart)Breaking News: Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

June 11, 2014
(Heart)Breaking News:  Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

The New York Times reports that both Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are being called for a disciplinary council.  While their aims and methods are vastly different, both are politically more liberal than the majority of church members, and both are proponents of women’s rights and acceptance of homosexuals. From Robert D. Putnam’s book American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 119 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 »

I Hope They Call Her on a Mission (Weekend Poll)

February 15, 2014
I Hope They Call Her on a Mission (Weekend Poll)

Should women be under the same obligation as men to serve missions?  What should that obligation be exactly? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 8 Comments »

The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

January 30, 2014
The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

Several recent experiences have caused me to ponder this topic. It’s not new of course. The most obvious example would be the temple/priesthood ban for people of black African descent, which arose early in the life of the church, was perpetuated until 1978, and which was not properly disavowed until last year. And even then, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized, understanding | 16 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 »

Mormon Marriage Equality

November 26, 2013
Mormon Marriage Equality

I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.  In the book, she talks about several things we can do to help women truly achieve their potential and to help men and women within their personal lives and in the workplace be more equal and personally satisfied.  This list includes things like: As women “lean […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, economics, Faith, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Uncategorized | 42 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 »

The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

October 2, 2013
The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

When my Mormon feminist sisters decided to make their point by wearing pants to church, I was curious.  The method seemed amusing even, although I really didn’t understand what the expected outcome was.  If they felt comfortable worshiping in pants,  it seemed fine to me.  I couldn’t see how it would be a strike for […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, understanding | 38 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 »

Should Mormon Women Go to College?

September 24, 2013
Should Mormon Women Go to College?

On September 8, a blog called “Fix the Family” posted a horrific OP about why sending girls to college is a bad idea. When I first read this OP that was circulating among outraged normal people, I thought about writing a post about it, but then I decided “Nah, this is just one crazy non-LDS […]

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Posted in Agency, economics, Education, Freedom, Mission, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Singles, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Mormons & Eating Disorders

July 23, 2013
Mormons & Eating Disorders

When I was in college, I had a roommate during the summer term whose friend came to stay with us.  She had just been released from the hospital for depression and was taking meds she called purple hearts.  However, her depression started to become unmanageable again, and when she felt suicidal, she decided to check […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

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