I just read the “hilarious” post on Andy Kano’s blog titled: Some LDS Women Want The Priesthood? Well LDS Men Have Some Requests Too.
If you don’t want to read it, in a nutshell it’s a “comical” slapdown of Ordain Women in which he demands equality by, you know, providing a room where men can nurse their babies (I mean who wants to see all that exposed chest hair!), adding padded priesthood room chairs, and equalizing other disparities that he, apparently, thinks (in that über gut-busting way) are equivalent to not being able to share in the power of God and all that silly stuff that no one really wants to be part of.
To be clear, I have a wee tendency to be sarcastic. And I like parody and can enjoy good satire. I guess that’s what Andy was trying to accomplish. But I think he fails because he’s part of the church “power structure” ridiculing those who aren’t and who sincerely feel disenfranchised (to use an overwrought term). It’s pretty hard to pull of that kind of “humor.”
Apparently Andy has received scads of comments from myriad perspectives. Enough that he appears to have added a couple of caveats at the end. In a single paragraph he says both this:
I realize that my post is dismissive to the topic of female ordination without showing any empathy. Sometimes feelings get hurt when a person tries to be funny about a topic that is dear to the hearts of others.
Let’s be constructive and figure out what we can do if priesthood isn’t an option.
I’m not part of Ordain Women and don’t necessarily support everything they stand for, but I don’t think mocking and belittling OW meets his own suggested behavior.
Have you seen the new Mormon Message called Bullying – Stop It? If not, please do. I realize that I’m biased (my daughter, Monica, plays the blonde bullied girl), but I think there’s a reason it’s received over 300,000 view in only a week. It’s a universal theme.
Watch the main bully and the excuses he gives for his behavior (particularly when confronted in the nursing home).
Look…um…I was just joking around. So…people need to stop taking things so seriously.
It seems sadly familiar.