Can A Male Be a Feminist? What is a Male?

Can a male be a feminist?Before we can even start to address this question, we first much ask the question "What do we even mean by male or female?"For this I think Judith Butler has a lot to offer on this question:Mormons are essentialists to the extent that we would make Plato blush, particularly on issues of gender. It appears that Mormon Feminism has largely jumped on the essentialist bandwagon, even when defining Mormon Feminism. This may be because Mormon Feminism is stuck … [Read more...]

Fasting with Pope Francis for Peace

Pope Francis has called Saturday September 7 to be a day of fasting and praying for peace in Syria.The Associated Press reported the following about his address last Sunday from St. Peter's Square:"With utmost firmness, I condemn the use of chemical weapons. I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart," the pope said, in an apparent reference to photos and TV images of victims of chemical weapons in Syria."There is the judgment of God, and also … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King was not a Communist. He was a Socialist.

Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my very favorite figures in the history of American politics and social thought. I have always had a special respect for the civil rights movement, even during my days as a conservative. But King himself holds a special place in my thinking today. I think this is largely because King represented a form of left- leaning liberalism that died in American politics when he died in Memphis.Some of his greatest moments are the moments which made him a controversial … [Read more...]

Hugh Nibley is not the Mormon Aquinas: A Clarification

A few of my good friends have challenged my labeling of Hugh Nibley as the Mormon Aquinas in the title of my post Tuesday about Taylor Petrey.I must admit, I was going for a provocative title more than I was asserting that Nibley was in some way the Mormon equivalent of Thomas Aquinas.I have heard Nibley referred to as the Mormon Aquinas. I cannot find a good source to support that. But I am sure that I have read it.Now, I do not think that Nibley was in any way claiming to be the a … [Read more...]

15 years!

15 year ago today, Lyndee Marie Curtis and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.She has been my rock. Thanks, babe.Help us celebrate by subscribing or donating to Approaching Justice! … [Read more...]

If Nibley Was The Mormon Aquinas, Taylor Petrey is Our Foucault

Taylor Petrey is the most important voice in Mormon theology and Mormon thought today. He is the Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Assistant Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College specializing in Early Christianity and Biblical Studies, and is director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program.His article "Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology" in the December 2011 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought is a masterpiece. In that article, Petrey offers a deep theoretical analysis of gender … [Read more...]

Being Passive Aggressive Does Not Mean You are Not a Bully

Just Saying.Source: Online Interactive Communication Training. … [Read more...]