Flirt to deconvert: Therese Doucet’s “A Lost Argument”
Marguerite has a problem. She loves the structure and purpose that Mormonism provides, and — like every good BYU co-ed — she’s dying to land a man. Unfortunately, instead of being a perky blonde out of a shampoo commercial, she’s a shy, nerdy bookworm — and hence practically invisible to BYU guys. When she spends a Summer term back home in Arizona, all it takes is one fun guy with the body of a Greek god and a handful of Philosophy 101 to start Marguerite on a journey of contemplation that eventually melts her Mormonism away.
Problem solved? Not exactly…
Therese Doucet’s A Lost Argument is a realistic and heartfelt portrait of the ups and downs of life and love for young people who don’t fit the perfect Mormon mold. It’s also an interesting study in what happens when you take intelligent girls and train them that their worth is entirely determined by their ability to land and please a man. Even when you lose your religion, these sorts of ingrained lessons don’t automatically disappear with it.