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Monday, December 17, 2012

report on pants day

So, as expected, my bishop was aware of Pants Day (and the associated wearing of purple to show support for gender equality), and also as expected, he had heard some untrue things about the event and its organizers.  So my wearing of a purple dress was enough to spark a conversation, but because it wasn't pants I didn't have to start out on the defensive about something that wasn't even happening.  We had a great talk.  I also had a great talk with the woman I've succeeded as YW president, which I don't think would have happened if I'd gone so far as to wear pants.  As I commented elsewhere, it was a milk before meat approach, and I think I did a lot more good this way.  For my ward, it was the right choice.

I don't intend to formally affiliate with the All Enlisted group, just as I will not formally affiliate with a political party.  Too many differences of opinion.  But we can still be reasonable, respectful human beings. 

8 comments:

Amy said...

I would love to sit down and have a conversation with you because this whole event has caused me to spend the past week doing a lot of reading and research on Mormon feminists and to question if maybe I am one? Or, maybe not. But, you say that you are, so I would love to explore that further. I am definitely pondering on my own feelings and beliefs and experiences and I think there are some things to be improved, but, like so many other things that are broken, the answers seem complicated to me when it comes to figuring out how to fix it.

Layne said...

Amy, I can assure you: you are a feminist. I'd venture that any decent person is, whether they identify as such or not. May I refer you to a piece that was an important step in my own journey, "Yes, You Are" by Sarah Bunting: http://tinyurl.com/yds9d6y

We should chat about this sometime, maybe over some garlic naan.

Alana said...

Feminist in that there is unfair treatment of women inside the church or a feminist in general, equal rights for everyone?

tipsybaker said...

I recently read Caitlin Moran on the subject of feminism and thought she was great: “We need to reclaim the word 'feminism'. We need the word 'feminism' back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist - and only 42% of British women - I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of 'liberation for women' is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? 'Vogue' by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that. . . GET ON YOUR NERVES?"

beckster said...

Oh, yes, I agree Jennifer. Caitin Moran is right on target. The neoconservative crowd has really given feminism a bad rap. Why would women be convinced that being pro-woman is a bad thing? Isn't doesn't translate that you aren't pro-man. I consider myself a humanist, and that stance includes women. If someone is threatened by that, I think they need to examine their reasons.

beckster said...

Oops, one of these days I will learn to proofread more completely. Of course I meant, "it doesn't translate", not that you guys are not smart enough to figure that out.

Layne said...

Alana--short answer: Both. But there is nuance to that, and the comment section doesn't lend itself very well to being the forum to discuss it.

Jennifer--thanks for that quote.

Beckster--I concur.

Alana said...

Lets get together sometime after the holidays. This would be a very interesting conversation. I want to hear your thoughts.