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
I can’t tell you the number of times that Church leaders stressed the difference between these two. In nearly all cases, they were referring to the “ordinances” performed in the temple. To this day, the only one of these that I have any firsthand knowledge of is the “Baptisms For the Dead.” I never went … More “Sacred” or Secret?
I was talking to my sister yesterday for a good long while, and part of the conversation near the end of the phone call was me telling her that I had left the Church and had started reading the Book of Mormon away from the view that we always had while in the Church. I … More More(mon) Questions
After many years not feeling like I belonged in the Mormon Church, I sent off a letter to the church records department requesting to be taken off the membership roster of the church. I know a lot of people don’t understand the reasoning behind going through the formal process, and I’m not sure how other … More Long-awaited Reply
I hear the argument all the time where I work that transgender women are nothing more than perverts trying to sneak into the women’s bathroom in order to molest little girls. I had a discussion about this with a coworker several months ago, but now with the repeal of the bathroom protection ordinance that President … More Government Bathroom Invasion
This Sunday, I stopped by Ris’s and we recorded another episode for the podcast. We had a couple guests on, who are still religious, and we had a very nice round-table discussion about different aspects of religion and our different experiences with it. We ended up talking for about and hour and a half, so … More Podcast Time!
I was listening to the Thinking Atheist podcast a couple days ago, the episode titled “Religious Family/Conditional Love”. As the title suggests, in this episode, Seth Andrews speaks to people and reads emails that were submitted about how some religious families hinge their love on the requirement that they’re of the same religious persuasion. This … More Religious Strain on Family Dynamics