Sports seems to play a big role in our conceptualization of gender. American Football is particularly heavily connected to the American conception of masculinity. As a result, I am very interested to see how football, more specifically the corporate entity of the National Football League, addresses and handles the matter of homosexuality as American society itself rapidly evolves in its attitudes. Corporate American, for all of its failings, has been ahead of the curve when it comes to supporting gay… Read more

Update: Here is my follow up post about one of the segments. UPDATE: The topics of discussion will include North Korea, Football, Gay Rights, and Margaret Thatcher. Perfect for me! 🙂 I will be on the Huff Post Live’s News Block today (Friday) at Noon Eastern/10am Mountain. I will be commenting on a variety of issues. I will post those topics when I am informed of them shortly before the live chat. On my last visit with HuffPost Live, we… Read more

From the Wellness Center at Brigham Young University-Idaho: “Got Muffin Top?” Given issues of body image facing college students, this poster is inappropriate. Health and wellness is important. That cannot be denied. However, in a culture where image and body image is already such a problem, this approach seems to be little more than shaming. Add to this the pressure within LDS college community to get married, let alone academic and financial pressures of college life. We need to be… Read more

RadioWest, the radio news interview show out of KUER in Salt Lake City, is talking today about Mormonism, women, and the priesthood. Here is the abstract for the episode: Thursday, we’re talking about the role of women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the last few years, a movement of Mormon women asserting their rights within the Church has reemerged. They’ve been asking to pray in general conference and be more involved in day-to-day decisions. Now… Read more

What do political philosophers do? Well, I try (and fail) to be like Martha Nussbaum in this video: Doesn’t everyone bring the social contract into all of their discussions? What? It is just me? Oh, well. This video is from the documentary Examined Life. Watch the clip. It is very well done. I do not agree totally with Nussbaum, but I am intrigued by her approach. I share a clip from Examined Life featuring Judith Butler here. Reminds me of… Read more

We will not have any live-threads today (Sunday) at Approaching Justice. Be sure to check out the pros at By Common Consent. Read more

We are back for the second session of the day! This afternoon, Todd and I will be joined by Blake S. He is a law student and a a former student of mine from my days at BYU-Idaho. Todd and I enjoyed observing protesters between session. We witness an Atheist protester and a Born again protester get into a confrontation with each other. This morning, we had a great conversation and saw the first prayer ever offered by a women… Read more

Sister Jean A. Stevens, the first counselor in the Primary, became the first women to ever pray in General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Saturday morning session. Prior to the concluding talk of the morning session by President Henry B. Eyring, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf announced that after the closing song Sister Stevens would give the benediction. The website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the following information about… Read more

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Session of the April 2013 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are naming this sessions thread after Lorna Call Adler.    Todd and I will be joined on this thread by Jared T. and Lela G. Jared T. is a PhD student in Borderlands and Latin American history. He helped found the Juvenile Instructor and currently blogs occasionally at Mormon Church History. His research interests include the history of… Read more

We made it! With brief stops at Martin’s Cove, the McDonald’s in Rawlins, the gas station in Coalville, and the Barnes and Noble in Sugar House…Todd and I have arrived in the Salt Lake Valley for General Conference. Doing this by Suburban is so much easier than doing it by handcart. Please, join Todd, some special guests, and I, as we cover General Conference live from the Conference Center. (The quests will be joining us from all over the USA…. Read more

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