Sunday in Outer Blogness: Pants on the Ground edition!

Chanson asked me to fill in siob this week. This week was going to be all about the pants, when a terrible tragedy happened Friday. I haven’t been watching or reading the news – my children are close to the ages of the children involved. It hits a little close to home for me. Many bloggers have weighed in on what happened, gun control, gun ownership and mental health care. Others aren’t ready to weigh in yet. I certainly understand that.

It started a few weeks ago with a call to action from a mormon feminist. Her goal:

The possibilities are endless, all I know is that I’m tired of seeing my Mormon Feminist sisters die a slow spiritual death.

And the bloggernacle exploded. For some reason, this particular suggestion, at this time, in this manner, touched a nerve. Perhaps it’s that many people were not aware of mormon male priveldge.

Much of the criticism leveled against the protestors has been about why pants, whether or not pants are disrespectful, and whether or not the organizers want to be men. For me personally, this argument sounds straight out of the 1970s. But it is also about power, and about respectful disagreement.

In other news, people posted about picking yourself up after an accident, more discussion about the new “Mormons and Gays” website and always an interesting topic – why people leave the LDS church. Also timely given the U.S. government’s financial problems, compromise in government. Helpful for those of us who are twitter challenged – foxy pink cheetah posted about the proper use of hashtags. Also discussions about birthdays, thinking about charity for the holiday and letting go.

So there was a lot of great stuff this week, and I’ve barely scratched the surface. It will be interesting to see what happens with women wearing pants to church, and the feminist allies who are wearing purple. Also, I know my thoughts are with the families in Connecticut.

Don’t forget we have holiday celebration theme week beginning Dec. 17th and also to vote for the William Law X-mormon of the year. Have a peaceful week everyone!

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4 Responses

  1. Hellmut says:

    It’s bad form to tell adults what to wear.

  2. chanson says:

    Thank you so much for filling in on short notice like that!! I look forward to reading all that happened with the pants. 😀

    We’re in our new apartment now, but we still don’t have Internet — and won’t have it before Wednesday. And after all the work of putting the stuff into boxes, it’s an amazing amount of work to get it all back out again…

  3. Kullervo says:

    It’s bad form to tell adults what to wear.

    No, it’s called a “cultural norm.”

  4. chanson says:

    The discussions on the various Mormon pants threads are amazing!!

    IMHO, the most interesting ones are the ones claiming that drawing attention to people’s attire will detract from the spirit. That might be a valid point if the CoJCoL-dS generally encouraged people not to worry about they (or others) are wearing to church — but that’s far from being the case.

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