Monday, February 4, 2013

Current Events

          I am not very good with current events. I follow the news but when it comes to commentary about current events I find myself at a loss. Over the past year, as I have entered the world of post-Mormon blogging, there have been a number of Mormon-related controversies. Some of them I chose to comment on. Others I have passed by. Even when I made the decision to write about current events, my words always have always fallen flat of what I wanted to say. I am very slow when it comes to making up my mind about issues; by the time I have thought the matter through, people have moved on to another controversy.
          We live in an era of instant gratification. We have a 24-hour news cycle and an abundance of people with things to say. Within the past year, there have been Mormon controversies relating to feminism and Mormon history, as well as the added scrutiny of the “Mormon moment”. The various controversies have been fast and furious, burning through the news cycle.
          Within these past few weeks, we have had another controversy surrounding the words of Elaine Dalton, president of the Young Women’s organization. Recently, she gave a talk in which she said the following:

"Young women, you will be the ones who will provide the example of virtuous womanhood and motherhood. You will continue to be virtuous, lovely, praiseworthy and of good report. You will also be the ones to provide an example of family life in a time when families are under attack, being redefined and disintegrating. You will understand your roles and your responsibilities and thus will see no need to lobby for rights." 

          The amount of harm inherent in Elaine Dalton's words is enormous. I have thought about writing another post on women’s rights and the struggles that I faced as a Mormon girl. Maybe someday I will find the adequate words. But, as with all of these controversies, I struggle with my emotions on the subject. I still lack the distance to give these events their proper due. I suppose this is just part of the process of moving on: creating the necessary distance and sorting out conflicting thoughts. I just wish that we allowed these controversies a longer time-frame, because the initial coverage and commentary never seems to fully explore all of the nuances.  


  1. It's baffling that people like Dalton still hold ideas like that in 2013.

  2. I'm glad to find someone else who admits her reluctance to write about current controversies! Like you, I prefer to mull these things over for a longer time than seems popular.

    One thing I noticed in the Dalton quote is that she talks of being "praiseworthy and of good report". I myself think that is all too easy to be praiseworthy and of good report. Apparently, all one needs to accomplish it is to conform to the expectations of others. Thus, I would suggest it is no virtue. Not if it interferes with your being true to yourself.

    1. I like that observation about being "praiseworthy and of good report"; there was a lot of emphasis on not rocking the boat.

      I can't decide if I'm deliberate or just slow - but you do have some pretty good observations going on yourself. :)

  3. Did she just tell the women of the church to stay in the kitchen? To keep the gays from taking over?

  4. I get so angry when the pulpit is used by men and women; mostly men, or in this case a woman controlled by men, to influence and control the minds and hearts of millions of good people. I hope to see the church shift and become more like it's membership and less like it's fool hearty and irresponsible leadership.

    postmormongirl, thanks for being a little slow on the editorial; there's always someone like me that's late to the game.


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