[6] Since social change tends to be a product of compromise, the feminist figures we criticize as extremists are often instruments of moderate changes we readily approve (sooner or later).

[7] It could even be argued that since marriage was not a choice but a necessity, and since sexual relations in marriage were likewise a necessity, women were compromised in their ability to direct their own sexual behavior, and thus were compromised in their practice of virtue and chastity. Bertrand Russell made this chilling observation of women's status at the turn of the 20th century: "Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution."  

[8] e.g., when Mormon feminists in the ‘80s hired an airplane to fly a banner (Mother in Heaven loves the ERA!) over the Rose Bowl stadium during Spencer W. Kimball's address.

[9] To be fair, this antagonistic post is not representative of typical content on the Exponent Blog. For a more accurate snapshot, see these posts abou posts about the role of faithful feminists and how feminists can contribute to the Church.

[10] The term "helpmate," a common and unfortunate misquotation of the biblical term an help meet, is a perfect token of the damaging cultural baggage regarding Mormon womanhood -- but I'll save that discussion for another article.

[11] This group will include myself (Segullah), Lisa Butterworth (FMH), Neylan McBaine (MWP), Chelsea Shields Strayer (WAVE and Exponent II), and Saren Eyre Loosli  (The Power of Moms). Look for our roundtable discussions, moderated by Mormon Times columnist Emily Jensen, here on Patheos.com in 2011.

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