A Spectrum of (Mormon) Feminism

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There are some (Mormon) feminists who are sincere, honest, and intelligent in their beliefs.

I respect and validate these people.

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There are some (Mormon) feminists who are obnoxious, bandwagon followers, and are just looking for reasons to protest and make their annoying voices heard.

I roll my eyes at these people (sometimes literally) and pray they would just STOP!

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There is, and always has been, a spectrum of feminism:  You’ve got your bra-burning liberals, your Susan B. Anthony’ types, and everything in between.  The American author Charlotte Perkins Gilman leaned veeery far to the left, even going so far as to seriously suggest that women should segregate themselves from men and form their own societies.  Though I certainly don’t agree with this level of extremism, MANY of Gilman’s other feminist ideals resonate strongly with me, particularly those found in her ever influential piece “The Yellow Wallpaper” (duh!).   Gilman perfectly embodies the ambiguity of the concept of feminism, even within a single person.

I personally am conservative/moderate, both on the political spectrum and on the feminist spectrum (though they are of course not mutually exclusive).

What are YOUR thoughts on (Mormon) feminism?

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The woman wearing orange in the first picture is Neylan McBaine, a Mormon moderate feminist writer (just like me!).  Among other things, Neylan founded the Mormon Women’s Project, an online database that interviews LDS women of a range of backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, goals, and challenges.  I have privileged to be a writer for the MWP.  Will definitely write more about it soon.  Stay.  Tuned.

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