Posts Tagged ‘ gender ’

A Mission Story: Tigre

December 14, 2012 | 26 comments
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A Mission Story: Tigre

I met Tigre pretty soon after arriving in my second area. He was a solid man, all muscle but his midsection. As I got to know him, I learned that both his muscle and his gut were well-earned. The muscle because Tigre taught karate for a living, and owned his own studio. The gut? You have never seen such a mountain of rice, covered with an avalanche of beans, as this man ate for lunch. Read more »

Do Titles Matter?

March 19, 2010 | 125 comments
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Do Titles Matter?

There is a long-standing tradition in the church to use honorific titles identifying priesthood positions for men at just about every level beginning when they become missionaries. Elder, Bishop, President. Women — even those who hold similarly named positions — are generally referred to as simply “sister.” In my 45 years in the church, I can recall less than a handful of times when a woman was referred to by title. When I was 19 we moved to England while my dad took a sabbatical from BYU. My mom soon made a dear friend in the mission president’s wife.... Read more »

Hitchens on the conundrum of female religiosity

August 25, 2009 | 34 comments
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From his book review of Elizabeth Edwards’ new memoir, in this month’s Atlantic: Read more »

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”: Random thoughts about Elder Callister’s Ensign article

June 5, 2009 | 83 comments
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This month’s Ensign contains a talk by Elder Douglas L Callister of the Seventy (a slightly edited reprint of a prior talk, actually) titled, “Our Refined Heavenly Home.” Some thoughts on reading over the talk: Read more »