Women and Authority: Re-emerging Mormon Feminism
Utah women today might be surprised to learn their grandmothers' views on feminist issues, according to Maxine Hanks. LDS Relief Society co-founder Sarah Kimball referred to herself as "a woman's rights woman, " while Bathsheba Smith was called on Relief Society mission in 1870 to preach equal rights for women.
The society editorialized that females belonged not only "in the nursery" but also "in the library, the laboratory, the observatory." Sisters sent east to study medicine were assured that "when men see that women can exist without them, it will perhaps take a little of the conceit out of some of them." Temple officiators were called "priestesses, " Eliza R. Snow the "prophetess, " and women were discouraged from confessing to bishops on grounds that personal matters "should be referred to the Relief Society president and her counselors." Women were set apart as healers "with power to rebuke diseases."
In addition, Mormon theology spoke reassuringly of a Mother God of the divinity of Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Eve. No wonder Relief Society president Emmeline B. Wells could write with confidence: "Let woman speak for herself; she has the right of freedom of speech. Women are too slow in moving forward, afraid of criticism, of being called unwomanly, of being thought masculine."
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What I am suggesting is that language which emphasizes the power of one, and
by implication the powerlessness of another, inevitably makes the powerless
group feel vulnerable, excluded, and devalued, however much they are assured
paradox; but to the degree we love and use the language of the scriptures, we
also love and use the language of exclusion. Yet this language does not
represent my view of God. I feel to the very depths of my soul that the Savior's
mission was ...
We must also address the male-centered priesthood language in church practice,
literature, and scriptures. It has become almost an axiom of post-modern thought
that our views of reality are inevitably constructed from our language. We see ...
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