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American Women Have Got It Good: A Poem

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All this “Girl Power!” crap is getting kinda old.
Tired of propaganda and the things that I’m told.
Not saying these expressions should be completely disavowed.
But even the truth can be shouted too loud.

There’s so much unearned sense of moral superiority.
Trying to give voice to justice and “gender minorities.”
Yes, it’s important, and I suppose it has its place
But some join in the din just to try and save face.

I’ve found that (some) feminists just want to blame
Yet they say that *we’re* the culprits who cause women shame
And that “Ban Bossy” campaign? You cannot be serious.
Celebrities trying to “ban” a word is nothing short of ridiculous.

Guess what, ladies? We’ve got it amazingly good.
Think things might be different if we truly understood
the plight of REAL gender inequality around the world
Like when evil men kidnap innocent girls

American women can by and large live as we please
There’s not any man that I have to appease
I can work, I can worship, I have rights, I can drive
There are so many females who’d kill for our lives.

Now don’t call me ungrateful or say I’m naive.
Don’t presume to tell me the things I believe
There’s nothing in history I’m apt to ignore
And yes, I’m grateful for those who’ve gone before

In 2015, I don’t have to sit and be quiet
But I also don’t have to throw an “Empowerment” riot.
So please stop agitating so much and giving society flack.
If we’re really to be equal, then maybe we can dial it back?

And truth be told, at least from where I stand
I don’t mind a little extra attention from a man.
I’m an intellectual equal, but my lashes are longer.
And I’m okay that he’s faster and physically stronger

True, I throw like a girl, and yes, my push-ups are subpar.
And if I run with a male, I’ll never make it as far.
But that’s just how it is, no need to decry it.
Men have more strength, why try to deny it?

So if we really want true equality
let’s stop with these frivolities.
Women AND men are awesome, that should suffice.
Now can we *please* just get on with life?

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“Like most women, I reject the feminist label.

And yes, I’ve read the dictionary definition, thanks.

I judge it by its actions instead.”

Julie Borowski (love, love, LOVE her! )

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Maroon 5’s “Animals” Dangerously Objectifies Women…

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Maroon 5 have always been a bunch of dirtbags, but their newest song “Animals” hits a new low with its strong implications of sexual violence. A lot of the same stuff as “Blurred Lines” going on.

“Baby, I’m preying on you tonight
Hunt you down, eat you alive…
I cut you out entirely
We’re just like animals.”
(and some other obscene lyrics)

THIS is the war on women.
A bunch of libertine, misogynistic, sex-obsessed men who themselves admit they are animals.

PS: Adam Levine is soooooo disgusting. His tattoos are hideous, he sounds like a dying chipmunk when he sings, and he repeatedly puts out crap material.

When I want some maroon in my life, I go for something like this!



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Art with a message



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I’m not really into art for art’s sake. You know, the artsy fartsy stuff (think Moulin Rouge). But I’m definitely not feeling the whole blatant political/social agenda thing, either. I like to think of myself as being somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. “Art with a message” is what I’ve heard it called before. I like that.

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The American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman had a similar philosophy. Her EVER influential piece “The Yellow Wallpaper” certainly made a bold social statement, but not at the expense of exquisite artistic details.

art with a message

And speaking of Gilman, my last semester at BYU, I wrote a paper (read it here!) where I argued (with textual evidence to back it up) that the unnamed narrator in TYW goes through a metaphorical death and rebirth through her experiences with the wallpaper. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to present my paper at a few literary conferences, the most remarkable being a conference that focused exclusively on Gilman herself and her subsequent oeuvre. I was rubbing shoulders with literally the world’s most knowledgeable scholars on the author. A dream come true, I’d say.

ANYWAYS… just wanted to say that I think it’s important to strike a balance.ImageI’m not a politician,

but I’m not an avant garde weirdo, either.

Somewhere in between…

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“Separate but Equal” : a troublesome but still fairly accurate phrase to describe the gender spheres.

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The phrase “Separate but Equal” is infamous for its historical context. But looking past that for a moment, I think the idea behind the phrase is relevant to the discussion of gender issues, specifically feminism:

Men and women are equal, both in the laws of the land and in the eyes of God. But they are DIFFERENT. Not utterly and completely different. But they are undeniably distinct in many ways. Biologically (duh), but also cognitively and socially. To pretend that this is not the case is lunacy. Yet some people try.

I’m not going to go get myself killed by throwing around the phrase “separate but equal” in common conversation, but I do think the concept is valid when talking about separate gender identities.

Men and women can have the same rights and equal protection under the law while still acknowledging their inherent differences.

What do YOU think about this kind of thing?

More to come on this issue.

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There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are kind.


It really bothers me that the American public seems to find it amusing when women (especially young women) in entertainment are crude and brash in the name of being comical. I believe in free speech, I’m not trying to apply a gender double standard, and I don’t think women should just look pretty and say nice things all the time. On the contrary, I like when women are honest and real. Still, I am disappointed that some female public figures base much of their careers on being unapologetically vulgar.

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“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”
-Former Young Women’s General President Margaret Nadauld
(and don’t be mockin’ her because she rocks the 80s looks!)
Jennifer Lawrence and Ellen DeGeneres are 2 women in the public eye who are, in my opinion (and most other people’s as well!), very, very funny.  They are not prudes, they express themselves, but they keep it clean most of the time.  And they do NOT degrade or insult others.  Classy lasses, I think.
What are YOUR views on (young) women in the media, specifically about what is (un)acceptable behavior and speech in trying to be funny?
Let’s return to virtue, please.
Thanks so much.


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A Spectrum of (Mormon) Feminism


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

I respect and validate these people.


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?


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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Many people today are hesitant, wary, or even out-rightly opposed to organized religion…

Imageand I completely validate many of the common concerns that go along with it!  Unfortunately, history has shown that many evil and abusive deeds have been done by those professing to act in the name of God.  Imperialism/forced conversion, mistreatment of women, acts of terrorism (of a range of means and magnitude), twisting of doctrine for one’s own purposes (the Book of Mormon refers to this as priestcraft), that kind of thing.  So I don’t think people who “swear off religion” are necessarily bad people AT ALL (unless they are unkind and blatantly mock others’ beliefs).

But we are all looking for truth.

More to come.

PS.  I use such images with intensely great care and NEVER intend to be flippant about abuse of any kind.  Just wanted to express that yet again because I simply cannot emphasize it enough.  Also, I know that there are many good people in the Catholic Church.

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