Around the blogs

September 27, 2006 | 7 comments
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-Feminist Mormon Housewives runs not-one, but-two recent posts on how to answer questions and return to the church from inactivity. (Because feminists really want to undermine the church and all that.)
-You already knew that Family History Centers were good for filling in dates on charts. (As in, “what’s the birth date of my great-grandfather?”) Bookslinger finds that they’re useful for getting another kind of date. Really! (Dating via genealogy centers — what are they going to think of next, baptism for the dead?)
-Finally, don’t miss Eve’s poignant and thoughtful post about seeking for happiness in a “secondary” choice of education, after run-ins with the dreaded I-word — infertility.
-Also: Mogget continues to blogget about Jesus’s death in Mark; Roasted Tomatoes proposes a thought expermiment about women and priesthood; some-other-blog introduces fall colors and a newly-poached sidebar feature (and they’re starting off on the right note; if you’re going to poach, I say, then poach well).

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7 Responses to Around the blogs

  1. Stephen M (Ethesis) on September 27, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    These are my favorite posts — ones that point out posts worth reading.

    Thank you.

  2. Bookslinger on September 27, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    Kaimi, thanks for the link!

    My post about dating, and the two about kicking the cola habit brought in substantial more readers than regular posts. Must be a lot of cola-drinking singles out there.

  3. jimbob on September 28, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    “(Because feminists really want to undermine the church and all that.)”

    I’m not attempting to make this another feminism thread, but I think your facetious parenthetical is a little dismissive, especially given that S. Snyder’s most recent post (here on T&S) seems to indicate that her being feminist has made it more difficult to believe/trust in the church. Clearly, at least for her–and, in my opinion, several others living on the fringes at FMH, EXII, and Z.D.–feminism made it more difficult to be a member, even if none of the people posting there want to “undermine the church.”

  4. Eve on September 29, 2006 at 2:19 am

    Thanks, Kaimi, for the kind words.

    Jimbob, your characterization of FMH/ExII/ZD as “on the fringes” seriously underestimates the degree of narcissism absolutely requisite for real feminists, for whom “pink” blogs are the veritable omphalos of the Nacle. (We take the navel-gazing vow in a secret man-hating ceremony mocking the Boy Scouts and presided over by fmhLisa, right after we toss our bras on the fire. It’s all quite lurid. I’m considering turning media’s evidence and writing a salacious expose for a six-figure advance, but I trust my plans to sell out my sisters are safe with you.)

  5. Kiskilili on September 29, 2006 at 11:03 am

    “Clearly, at least for her–and, in my opinion, several others living on the fringes at FMH, EXII, and Z.D.–feminism made it more difficult to be a member, even if none of the people posting there want to ‘undermine the church.’”

    There may be a chicken-and-egg element here, but it’s possible you have this backwards. Concerns over various Church teachings have made it difficult for some of us to be members–issues that other members typically identify as “feminist.” Interacting with other people who have similar concerns is the only thing that keeps some of us in the Church at all.

    (Of course, you could always argue that the Church would be better off jettisoning all malcontents and restricting membership to the strictly orthodox who do not raise questions. In many ways it probably would be. I suspect it would sacrifice something in intellectual richness and diversity, though.)

  6. jimbob on September 29, 2006 at 2:56 pm

    Eve,

    You polarization of my comment to a place it obviously wasn’t intended leaves me little room to respond. I don’t think feminists are plotting a Mormon revolution. I do think it’s hard to be a hard-line feminist (whatever that means) and be an active Mormon, and my experience at the mentioned blogs has reinforced, rather than dispelled, my hypothesis.

    Kiskilili,

    I agree this could easily be a chicken/egg problem: does she struggle with her testimony because she’s a feminist or is she a feminist because she found things about the church to be unsettling. I don’t know; I only know I don’t know too many faithful Mormon hard-line feminists (whatever that means). But I live in Texas, not Boston or S.F., so my experience may not reflect the reality.

  7. Eve on September 29, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Oh, Jimbob, I was just trying to make light of a difficult issue in a thread that probably shouldn’t be jacked into yet another round of feminists versus the traditionalists. I’m mocking myself. Really. I didn’t mean to insinuate that your position was in any way represented in the hypberbole above.

    Just for the record, I consider myself an ardent die-soft faithful feminist Mormon Strangite. And I want my free T-shirt.

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