First, I feel I should apologize for my failure to post anything on the blog last couple weeks, or anything with the podcast at all this month. It’s been busy, disorganized, and I’ve had touches of feeling overwhelmed with regular life, not to mention try to keep up on these extra-curriculars. Add that to my … More Raised to Fail?
This last weekend was ReasonCon down in Hickory, NC, and as much as I wanted to go, I just wasn’t in a place to do that this year. So while my podcasting cohost was off to have an awesome time, that left me to my own devices. And one of those devices was….. I was … More I Guest It!
I remember a key turning point in the way I viewed church attendance was when I was in high school, and my sister’s boyfriend asked me why I go to church. My reply was, “Because my parents make us go.” My sister later questioned that, asking if I would stay home if given the choice, … More Religious Motivation
“Follow the Prophet, Follow the Prophet, Follow the Prophet, he knows the way!” In Mormon culture, they’re obsessed with the “Prophet,” a.k.a. the church president. It’s something that they love to go on about, saying that it’s one of the testaments that they’re the one true church because they have a prophet like in bible … More Follow the Prophet
Every April and October, it’s time for conference. It’s been my least favorite time of year since I was a kid. For those who don’t know exactly what I’m talking about, it’s this: General Conference. The first weekend of October and April are spent in four two-hour blocks at church listening to the “general authorities” … More Semi-Annual Preaching
In the Mormon Church, it’s something of a pride point that none of the clergy is paid. We’re not talking the super-high-ups of the President of the Church, his counsellors, or the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. We’re just talking on a ward and stake level. The Bishop, the Stake President, all the way down … More Unpaid Clergy
At my junior high, everyone went through a sexual education class in 7th grade. One semester you had PE, and the next you had Health one quarter and the other was sex ed. So everyone had it. Or nearly everyone, because as you can imagine, I was pulled from the class. I don’t know if … More Biological Shame
I won’t say it was easy to leave the Church, as it took me years of feeling I didn’t belong, uncomfortable and awkward conversations with my parents, and the act of finally sending in the letter to the Church for me to do so. But it was still easier knowing that it wasn’t where I … More The Hinge Pin of Mormonism
I don’t know if the reason feminism has recently dominated my mind is because of the recent political climate or because of my recent reading material. Quite possibly both. And during my reading this week there was one thing that really struck home. In From Housewife to Heretic, Sonia Johnson talks about the patriarchy and … More Trational Roles
So this past Wednesday was International Women’s Day, and I found that it was appropriate that I was reading From Housewife to Heretic by Sonia Johnson. I’m only about halfway through at this point, but it’s been a fascinating read. It’s about how the Mormon Church decided that women shouldn’t have equal rights (no surprise … More Mormon Politics