Sunday in Outer Blogness: Feminists, Homosexuals, and So-Called Intellectuals Edition!

I wanted to keep this week’s episode short and sweet — to encourage you all to read the Brodies candidates before voting 😉 — but unfortunately people have conspired to write a bunch of amazing posts this past week!!

First of all, please go read Cognitive Dissenter’s gorgeous and eloquent response to the adage “no one is perfect” (with follow-up discussion). Then the voice of the single Mormon woman (again, with follow-up). Clearly such unruly singles need a stern warning from their leaders!

In other second-class categories, don’t forget the “inactives”. (Beware the love bomb!) And those Mormon feminists, agitating faithfully. And don’t forget the gay — Invictus Pilgrim has compiled a list of GA statements, showing how the LDS church’s rhetoric has evolved.

Wow, I guess the only people missing from the list now are the “so-called intellectuals”! Like the person with this theory of persuasion. (I know, Jon already highlighted this post, but if you missed it, read it — Open Mind gives a clear and insightful discussion of how persuasion works and doesn’t work.) And Paul’s post is almost a follow-up, describing a subversive force (more powerful even than evil spirits!) that challenges the social order. And, speaking of the power of love, view the results right here!

This has been a great week for stories! Beautiful Pencil has posted her exit story — and, wow, stick around for the ending!! Speaking of exits, no Answers has drafted an exit talk — looks pretty good, but perhaps you can offer some suggestions. Marcus and Hypatia have had a difficult experience with the family. And Runtu has posted a mission escape adventure!

And — for a few last topics to chew on — the precisions of Utah’s redistricting, the “CleanFlicks version” of Huck Finn, and an object lesson in privilege (or lack thereof).

Have a great week, and happy reading!


C. L. Hanson is the friendly Swiss-French-American ExMormon atheist mom living in Switzerland! Follow me on mastadon at or see "letters from a broad" for further adventures!!

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6 Responses

  1. Cognitive Dissenter says:

    Wow. Thanks for the shout-out MSP and for the kind people who nominated and voted for my often rambling blog/posts. What a cool community this is to be a part of. Thanks, MSP, for helping us connect and find our common ground. It’s great therapy and support. You guys rock.

  2. beautiful pencil says:

    thanks everybody! i got SO many international (and not) hits this week. i’m over the moon. i put up part 4 of my exit story today!

  3. wry says:

    This one probably deserves a post of its own, but I wanted to link it here for the moment:

    Very interesting.

  4. I have been trying to tap into the “gay Mormon” community since publishing my books, “Mormon Underwear” and “The Abominable Gayman,” but I find it is very fractured. I suppose it’s a good thing that everyone is now able to think on their own and can have diverse opinions, but at the same time, it seems that so many “ex-Mormons” spend a lot of their time disagreeing with each other and claiming their journey is the only valid one. It looks like Main Street Plaza is a bit more inclusive, so I need to follow this site more regularly. I’m also looking for anyone who might be interested in reviewing my latest book, “Mormon Fairy Tales” (it’s not a gay book, just about unorthodox Mormons in general). Progressive Mormons are a fringe group under the best of circumstances, so I’d like to get to know more of you.

  5. Alan says:

    Hi, Johnny. Welcome to MSP. I’m that same Alan that presented with you at Sunstone last year.

    I first discovered MSP when I was doing research on gay Mormon lit and found chanson’s review of Jonathan Langford’s No Going Back. I particularly liked her reading of the novel from a progressive feminist lens. She also reviewed my novel, and I’ve stuck around as a regular ever since. I don’t know that this site is hideout for gay Mormons particularly (in my experience, not really), but queer politics/Mormon politics is a frequent topic here.

  6. chanson says:

    Johnny — Great to hear from you! I enjoyed your story “Almond Milk” in the collection In Our Lovely Deseret, and I’d been hoping to read/review more of your works ever since the panel on the Gay Mormon Lit Project that I attended at Sunstone. I’d love it if you could send me a review copy of your new book! Please email me: chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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