On Despising Mormon Polygamy

This is my response to the Plural Marriage in Kirkland and Nauvoo essay posted last week to LDS.org. A couple of years ago I was talking to my 16-17 year old Sunday School class about polygamy. They raised it – not me.   Our conversation was about the early practice of Mormon polygamy and how it came [Read More...]

Growing Bold Mormon Daughters: The Impossibility of Emma Watson and Jacinda Ardern

If I had a daughter I hope she would be Emma Watson.   I don’t have any daughters. I have always wanted daughters, but unfortunately I can’t make them and nobody has given me any. This is a shame because I think I would be quite a good girl mother. In the absence of a [Read More...]

Reflections on the New Zealand Regional Broadcast: Why Censorship is Sometimes Necessary

In the October 2010 General Conference Boyd K. Packer made some controversial remarks.  Firstly he claimed that the Proclamation to the Family was a revelation.  Then he suggested that homosexuality was not inborn proclaiming;  “Some suppose that they were preset and cannot overcome what they feel are inborn tendencies toward the impure and unnatural. Not [Read More...]

Speaking Confidently of Motherhood Memes

This  week some geniuses from the LDS.org meme department published  advice to women about how we  can better relate with each other.  It was in the form of a graphic featuring very young women sustaining three religious directives with their happy smiles:  ‘Speak Confidently of Motherhood, Speak More Often about Nurturing, Expand your Circle of [Read More...]

“Church Instructs Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage” – or did it just make a bad situation worse?

Once again the church releases an ‘Official Statement’ that makes the hearts sink.  My first thought when I read the latest was, ‘lets  watch and see how many members will bail’, and then over the ensuing hours the exit narratives in the social media began; ‘I’ve had enough’,  ‘I can’t do this anymore’, ‘I’m out’.  [Read More...]

The Sacred Mormon Schvantz

I’ve been thoughtful recently about the cultural privileges that my husband has as a Mormon man in possession of his full male faculties. He is spared a tremendous amount of time thinking and wondering about what it means to be a woman amidst Mormon males. He is simply unburdened by the need to think everything [Read More...]

Reflections on My Spiritually Heterogamous Marriage

Heterogamy:  refers to a marriage between two individuals that differ in a certain criterion. Homogamy:  a marriage or union between partners that match according to that criterion.  (wikipedia)   I grew up in a home managed by my Mormon mother and my Catholic step-father.  While I have said before that this has given me a more [Read More...]

The New Zealand Marriage (Definition of marriage) Amendment Bill: A private comment on a public submission

On the 29th August 2012 the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in the New Zealand Parliament by 80 to 40 (with one abstention).  From here the Bill went to a Select Committee for further consideration.  Public submissions closed on the 26th October.  I had been wondering if  the church would [Read More...]

The Secret Life of Mormon Polygamy

Although controversial, in LDS circles there have been a few Mormon women I know who were utterly captivated by Big Love.  While it told us an outlandish story about a  clandestine fundamentalist polygamous underground playing happy families somewhere in The Valley it also outed polygamy as a modern possibility.  It was an intriguing narrative of [Read More...]

On coming home to my Mormon husband

In recent times I’ve usually been able to head overseas for work/research at least twice a year (its tough but someone has to do it).  It seems to have developed into a rhythm where I have a two week visit to the US and one shorter trip to Australia.  There’s enough of a pattern in [Read More...]


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