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Educational equality between spouses: Not a one-way street?

May 7, 2007 | 51 comments
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In October conference, President Hinckley made an interesting statement about marriage, education, and equality between spouses. Read more »

The new useless statement on church doctrine

May 5, 2007 | 45 comments
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Reader Rebecca V. points out a fascinating new church newsroom statement intended to clarify the meaning of church doctrine. Read more »

Checking our e-male

May 2, 2007 | 15 comments
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According to the pronoun counter at the He/She Ratio website (hat tip: Feminist Law Profs), Times and Seasons uses a female pronoun 43% of the time and a male pronoun 57% of the time. For comparison purposes, here are some other websites, with corresponding percentages of female pronouns: Read more »

Two by two

May 1, 2007 | 145 comments
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All right — let’s hear everyone’s thoughts and reactions on evening two of “The Mormons.” (Or are we all watching Law & Order instead?) Read more »

Mormons discussing “Mormons”

May 1, 2007 | 14 comments
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Just in case 141 comments and counting on this thread aren’t enough for you, there are discussions of “The Mormons” up at Mormon Mentality, Mor-Mormon Mentality, Faith Promoting Rumor, Feminist Mormon Housewives, Dave’s Mormon Inquiry, Millennial Star, Mormanity, and a few threads over at The Blog of Satan ™. All this commentary leaves me with barely any time to watch the show! Read more »

Mountain Meadows in LDS consciousness

May 1, 2007 | 136 comments
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On the “Mormons” thread, reader Kevinf notes his own surprise and chagrin at the fact that his 29-year-old daughter didn’t know about Mountain Meadows. I’m less shocked; when I was 29, I really didn’t know much about the topic, either. Here’s a question for our readers: At what age, and through what avenue, did you learn about Mountain Meadows? Read more »

One possible solution, Julie

April 28, 2007 | 31 comments
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Bribery. Read more »

Modesty and culture

April 26, 2007 | 75 comments
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How much do ideas about modesty, decency, and obscenity depend on cultural context? Consider that recently, actor Richard Gere was widely criticized in India for publicly engaging in a vulgar, lewd, obscene, immodest, and indecent act. He was burned in effigy, and a warrant issued for his arrest; he was called a sign of decaying morals, and of the erosion of values. What was his crime? He kissed a woman, on the cheek, in public. Read more »

Arrayed in Light

April 23, 2007 | 50 comments
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Our hymnals show changing themes through time, and the themes in older hymnals are a window into the concerns of the age. One striking theme from older LDS hymnals is the large number of funeral hymns, including several hymns for bereaved parents. Read more »

Two Quotations

April 17, 2007 | 23 comments
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Two quotations on divorce, from church leaders of different eras: Read more »

Paragraph Seven, Subpart J, Clause Twelve

April 8, 2007 | 33 comments
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WHEREAS, the living room contains Easter eggs (including eggs of the chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter varieties); and Read more »

Fallen

April 4, 2007 | 24 comments
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“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” The real problem with Holy Week celebrations, Kristine, isn’t Nate’s theory about high versus low church and liturgy and ritual. The real problem is falling deities. Just ask any resident of San Pablo. Read more »

AggreGatekeepers (Updated)

March 26, 2007 | 79 comments
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AggreGatekeepers (Updated)

A quick question/poll, for our readers: Do you use aggregation to read blogs? If so, which aggregator(s) do you typically use? The major choices I’m aware of are Archipelago, LDSelect, and Google Reader; are there other popular options? Do you use any of these? All of them? Why (not)? And what feature(s) do you (not) use? I’m curious. Read more »

Fruits

March 21, 2007 | 47 comments
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The standard reply to every bad-bishop or awful-ward story is well known by now: “The church is perfect, but the members aren’t.” Your interaction with an awful leader or member or ward — hypocritical, sexist, gossipy, unrighteous dominion, Red Sox fan, or otherwise unpardonable — is due to the humanity involved. The church itself is just fine, and please bear in mind that hide-bound church individuals are hide-bound only in their individual capacity. Why, the scriptures even tell us that unrighteous dominion is sadly inevitable. How exactly do we reconcile that line of reasoning with Matthew 7? Read more »

Miller-Eccles on Mountain Meadows Massacre

March 21, 2007 | 84 comments
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This Friday and Saturday, the Miller-Eccles group in southern California will hear a presentation from Rob Briggs on the topic: “Mountain Meadows Massacre: How could this heinous massacre have happened?” Information is as follows: Read more »

From the (FMH) Archives: Polyandry

March 16, 2007 | 32 comments
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Several months ago, I blogged on this topic at FMH. For Women’s History Month, I’d like to revisit the question, for this somewhat different audience: From a feminist perspective, is polyandry more or less acceptable than polygyny? Read more »

The Roast Beast

March 13, 2007 | 18 comments
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Folks in the nacle are talking recipes lately. I’ll share a tasty winter recipe I made a few weeks ago: A basic (but quite tasty) Pork Roast. Read more »

Around the blogs: WHM at Feminist Mormon Housewives

March 12, 2007 | 6 comments
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Feminist Mormon Housewives has been in superlative form in celebrating Women’s History Month. WHM posts so far have included Ronan’s discussion about an Akkadian princess and poetess; Julie’s feminist Family Home Evening lesson; Kiskilili’s discussion of women’s status in Ancient Mesopotamia; Margaret Toscano’s personal essay about her history; Heather O.’s post on pregnant women soldiers in the Civil War; Julie’s Young Women’s version of the anointing at Bethany; and now a guest post from Todd Compton about the life and feminism of Emily Dow Partridge. It’s simple — if you’re not reading FMH this month, then you’re missing out... Read more »

Wells run dry

March 9, 2007 | 13 comments
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Scholarship versus dissemination

March 7, 2007 | 30 comments
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Over at the great and spacious blog, Richard Bushman writes that “what I would hope for is more serious and focused thought, the kind that Nate Oman turns out, rather than off-the-cuff chatter that is fun but leads nowhere.” Similarly, recent discussion at DMI focuses on whether blogging can or should displace conventional scholarship. These discussions touch on the same questions: Why are we blogging, anyway? Are some types of blogging more valuable than others, as Bushman seems to suggest? Should we all be more like Nate? Read more »

Essential Texts in Mormon Feminism?

March 3, 2007 | 40 comments
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In honor of Women’s History Month, I’d like to reopen our occasional series of Essential Texts in Mormon Studies. Traditionally, posts in the series have asked commenters to suggest their top five books within some segment of Mormon studies. For this post, let’s discuss what might be the essential texts in Mormon feminism. Read more »

An Answered Prayer?

March 2, 2007 | 12 comments
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I stood at the bus stop, thinking about my music homework. Read more »

Sun and Stone

February 27, 2007 | 113 comments
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For some of us, lapsed subscriptions are a way of life. The parade of reminder cards, the inevitable gaps in coverage — they are as familiar as morning and evening. On rare occasions, this trait leads to vistas the zealously up-to-date subscriber will never see. Read more »

The other Heavenly Mother hymn

February 26, 2007 | 8 comments
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Common knowledge holds that Eliza’s poetic lines in O My Father are the only spot that the Heavenly Mother doctrine broke through into mainstream Mormon discourse; that the radical doctrine, taught by Joseph Smith, was preserved only through the valiant efforts of the poetess; that no one else really thought it necessary to celebrate the concept. Common knowledge is wrong. Read more »

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