Which is more valuable: your “virtue” or your life? Unfortunately, some LDS girls are learning the wrong answer — and it turns out that that was the last straw that drove “Mr Deity” out of the church (h/t). Just get a load of the level of crazy obsession with “modesty” rules for girls. No wonder some reject the church-approved role of homemaker.
Jessawhy’s nightmare sums up the root problem pretty well:
I need a church where women are not only told that they’re valuable, but are ACTUALLY VALUABLE in making decisions that affect us all.
A recent example of the prominence and importance of men in the church involved the leadership change in my ward. One bishopric counselor who had been serving for less than a year was reassigned back to his semi-permanent calling of Scout Master. Apparently since he left, some of the young men had not acquired their Eagle Scout awards, and a more committed Scout Master was required. So, ward leadership was shuffled, an entire Sacrament meeting was devoted to this man and the new counselor. The importance of these changes were punctuated by the presence of the entire Stake Presidency. I was really upset and Mark asked me why. I said, “Would there ever be a young women’s calling that is so important that they would rearrange the entire Bishopric to make sure that the young women were properly staffed?”
Actually, just read this play.
The unequal treatment of women in the CoJCoL-dS has its roots in the actions of Joseph Smith. (And women aren’t the only category getting bad treatment.)
In books, Doves & Serpents’ “Psaltry & Lyre” poetry series is now in print. There’s a new review of the Mormon Diaries. (BTW, I added four new books to the MAA Books website — see if you can find them!) And the fiasco of “The Not Even Once Club” continues — people are petitioning Deseret Book to remove this book from its catalog. (At the very least, they should think twice about their policy of putting anything written by Mormon royalty on the fast-track to publication.) Naturally, people are comparing this to Denver Snuffer’s book (which, yes, he was excommunicated over — leading to an interesting poll about what offenses should warrant excommunication).
In life journeys, Jen apologized to the people she converted on her mission, Monica remembers her past, and the overeducated housewife went skinny-dipping for the first time!
And let’s wrap up with fun and other random stuff: Happy Science Popularizer Day! Here’s a new hymn, a little joke, alternatives to sex, using algebra in real life, a perfect autumn day, the real problem with Miley Cyrus, a dialog making sense of God’s plan, and 50 random facts you probably don’t know that you don’t know.
And now I’m off to a comic book convention. Happy reading!!