This is not a review since the book hasn’t been released yet. The book is intended to become a global phenomenon.
My mom sent me this link to the LDS Newsroom, figuring I’d be interested in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society. It’s a new book that’s intended to be for and about women — and as Julie Beck (the current Relief Society President) says in the video, “has global application” and would “appeal across cultures and languages.” It’s about “the major themes in a woman’s life” and histories of women from the biblical era to the present.
Already my third-world feminism flags are up.
She talks about the book being about “the expectations Christ had for women.” By this, does she mean as compared to men? From every account of Jesus I’ve read, including my own interpretation, Jesus did not have separate expectations for the genders. He treated women as individuals and he did not have separate expectations for them as women.
She says the book will hopefully break down stereotypes and myths about LDS women and she asserts emphatically that
…as people read and decipher this in the right spirit and understanding, they will learn that there is no second tier for the women of the Church. That we are not an asterisk in this church, in our theology, or in the world.
Any thoughts on Julie Beck’s version of Mormon feminism?