Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Conflict of the Century of the Week

Anybody who follows the Mormon blogging world or just Mormon internet culture has probably seen a great disturbance of late, one of near-cataclysmic proportions. I confess, my views on the topic are good deal more in-depth than I care to get into, and I would never pretend that all the participants are somehow equally at fault or that there aren't real issues at stake. There are good, bad, and worse guys (and, obviously, girls) here. Regular readers (shut up, we have a few) can probably guess where I stand, but others have said about all there is to say at this point. Still, it's just crazy to me that on post after post and on various Facebook threads I'm seeing so much of this:

...over this:


  1. Ooh, ooh! ::jumps up and down:: Pick me! I want to be known as a regular reader!

  2. So I'm just gonna echo Jared Anderson from Mormon Stories Sunday School: "The anachronistic backlash against the LDS women's 'wear pants to Church day' demonstrates its need."

    1. As a means of protest and/or show of solidarity, my original thoughts were that pants day was a harmless but probably ineffective diversion. After having read some of the nasty backlash by "faithful" members, I have decided that I'm in favor of transgressing whatever social norms are necessary to piss these people off. They share my church, but not my religion.

      I imagine this would have never reached such a fever pitch if someone had started a "Wear a colored shirt day" for guys. Sure, there are norms for men, and breaking them ruffles some feathers, but I've never received any grief for my snappy multicolored church outfits or flagrant goatee. However, when a bunch of women -- feminists -- do it, then suddenly it's an existential threat to the whole church. Women are equal so stop telling them they can dress differently than we say! STOP BEING SO APOSTATE ALLAN WHY DON'T YOU JUST LEAVE THE CHURCH LIKE JESUS WOULD HAVE WANTED!

    2. What boggles my mind is that a faith that once had the determination and gall to challenge nineteenth century conceptions of Christ, cosmology, society, economics, and sexuality, has become the home to people who cannot stomach a question or conversation about sexual or gender equality in something as simple as dress slacks. Here's what I'm personally getting a kick out of:

      1) The institutional church is the progressive one in the traditional binary of LDS Church and LDS culture because it apparently has a lot less issues with the attire of its people than its people do.

      2) The group has kinda proven their point. For everyone who might roll their eyes, proclaiming that their idea was stupid and ridiculous, that something like this doesn't matter. But obviously it does. And their point has been vindicated. It's a shame that vitriol has silenced conversation that the campaign hoped to prompt or call attention to. I think lost amidst the self-righteous proclamations is the fact that this is a very small attempt by a people who want to be in the church to recognize a problem in our culture, something that keeps people from joining and prompts people to leave. It makes me happy to think about the people that are in the ward I live in now, the people I interact with on a more frequent level, and realize they are not the types of Mormons that make me question why I still affiliate with this Church. There's a solace in that. Hooray for locality.