Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings by Joanna BrooksMormon Feminism: Essential Writings by Joanna Brooks

Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings

EditorJoanna Brooks, Rachel Hunt Steenblik, Hannah Wheelwright

Hardcover | November 2, 2015

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This groundbreaking collection gathers together for the first time the essential writings of the contemporary Mormon feminist movement - from its historic beginnings in the 1970s to its vibrant present, offering the best Mormon feminist thought and writing.No issue in Mormonism has made more headlines than the faith's distinctive approach to sex and gender. From its polygamous nineteenth-century past to its twentieth-century stand against the Equal Rights Amendment and its twenty-first-century fight against same-sex marriage, the Church of Latter-daySaints (LDS) has consistently positioned itself on the frontlines of battles over gender-related identities, roles, and rights. But even as the church has maintained a conservative position in public debates over sex and gender, Mormon women have developed their own brand of feminism by recoveringthe lost histories of female leadership and exploring the empowering potential of Mormon theology. The selections in this book - many gathered from out-of-print anthologies, magazines, and other ephemera - walk the reader through the history of Mormon feminism, from the second-wave feminism of the1970s to contemporary debates over the ordination of women.Collecting essays, speeches, poems, and prose, Mormon Feminism presents the diverse voices of Mormon women as they challenge assumptions and stereotypes, push for progress and change in the contemporary LDS Church, and band together with other feminists of faith hoping to build a betterworld.
Joanna Brooks is Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs at San Diego State University. She is the author of four books including The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith and the popular Twitter feed @askmormongirl. Rachel Hunt Steenblik is a Ph.D. student in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Gradua...
Title:Mormon Feminism: Essential WritingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An important book - for the right audience For those who have an interest in Mormon theology and culture as it relates to gender - active Mormons, new-order Mormons, ex-Mormons, and religious scholars - this is essential reading. I can't see it appealing to people who don't have some background in the LDS church because of the breadth in time the book covers. There's a great deal of implicit cultural knowledge assumed by the many writers and that's okay, but it's for a niche audience. The introduction mentions which authors have been disfellowshipped or excommunicated (Lynne Whitesides, Kate Kelly, etc.) but otherwise does not single out their works. I think that's good; there is a tendency within the church to outright dismiss anything by an ex-Mormon (even if they were unwillingly removed from record, or wrote it before they left the church) which does the intellect and passion of both the writers and the readers a great disservice. I don't doubt that many readers will find the thoughts expressed in the book to be faith-enriching. I personally see the book as an important chronology of a church that has deeply shaped the lives of the women in my family for generations as expressed by the women of that church.
Date published: 2017-05-09

Table of Contents

A Note on the CoverAcknowledgmentsContributor ListJoanna Brooks: IntroductionKey Events in Mormon Feminist HistoryA. FOUNDATIONS: The 1970s1. Claudia Lauper Bushman: "Women in Dialogue: An Introduction" (1971)2. Claudia Lauper Bushman: "Exponent 2 is Born" (1974)3. Carol Lynn Pearson: "Millie's Mother's Red Dress" (1974)4. Claire Peterson: "Hide and Seek" (1974 -1975)5. Elouise Bell: "The Implications of Feminism for BYU" (1975)6. Judith Rasmussen Dushku: "Mormon Sisters: Feminists" (1976)7. Margaret Munk: "First Grief" (1978)8. Dixie Snow Huefner: "Church and Politics at the Utah IWY" (1978)9. Sonia Johnson: "My Revolution": Excerpts from Housewife to Heretic10. Sonia Johnson: "The Church was Once in the Forefront of the Women's Movement": Speech to the Senate Constitutional Rights Subcommittee (1978)11. Sonia Johnson: "Patriarchal Panic: Sexual Politics in the Mormon Church" (1979)12. Linda Wilcox: "The Mormon Concept of a Mother in Heaven" (1980)13. Lisa Hawkins Bolin: "Another Prayer" and "Let My Sisters Do for Me" (1980)14. Carol Lynn Pearson: "Motherless House" (1980)15. Linda King Newell: "A Gift Given, A Gift Taken: Washing, Anointing, and Blessing the Sick among Mormon Women" (1981)16. CArol Cornwall Madsen: "Mormon Women and the Struggle for Definition: The Nineteenth-Century Church" (1981)17. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Pink Dialogue and Beyond" (1981)B. LIVED CONTRADICTIONS: The 1980s1. Nadine Hansen: "Women and Priesthood" (1981)2. Mary Bradford: selections from Mormon Women Speak (1982): Reva Beth Russell, "A Purple Rose;" and Cherie Taylor Pederson, "Expanding the Vision3. Mary Bradford: "Across the Generations" (1984)4. Margaret Toscano: "The Missing Rib: The Forgotten Place of Queens and Priestessses in the Establishment of Zion" (1985)5. Linda Sillitoe: "an elegy in lower case (for president spencer w. kimball)" (1985)6. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Lusterware" (1986)7. Judith Rasmussen Dushku: "The Day of the Lambs and the Lions" (1987)8. Violet Tew Kimball: "Wife #3" (1987)9. Carol Lynn Pearson: "A Walk in the Pink Moccasins" (1988)10. Elouise Bell: "The Meeting" and "When Nice Ain't So Nice" (1990)11. Sonja Farnsworth: "Mormonism's Odd Couple: The Priesthood-Motherhood Connection" (1991)C. DEFINING MOMENTS: The 1990s1. Cecilia Konchar Farr: "I Am a Mormon, and I am for Choice" (1992)2. Carol Lynn Pearson: Mother Wove the Morning (1992)3. Susan Elizabeth Howe: "The Blessing" (1992)4. Margaret Toscano: "Put on Your Strength, O Daughters of Zion: Claiming Priesthood and Knowing the Mother" (1992)5. Lavina Fielding Anderson: "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology" (1992)6. White Roses: Statement (1993)7. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Border Crossings" (1994)8. Janice Allred: "Toward a Mormon Theology of God the Mother" (1994)9. Lynn Matthews Anderson: "Towards a Feminist Interpretation of Latter-day Saint Scripture" (1994)10. Cecilia Konchar Farr: "Dancing Through the Doctrine" (1995)11. Lynn Matthews Anderson: "I Have an Answer" (1996)12. Caroly Lynn Pearson: "Could Feminism Have Saved the Nephites?" (1996)D. RESURGENCE: The 2000s1. Joanna Brooks: "Where Have All the Mormon Feminists Gone" (2003)2. Lorie Winder Stromberg: "Power Hungry" (2004)3. Chieko Nishimura Okazaki: "There is Always a Struggle" (2005)4. Kynthia Taylor: "The Trouble With Chicken Patriarchy" (2007)5. "What Women Know" (2007)6. Lisa Butterworth: "13 Articles of Faith of Healthy Chastity" (2010)7. Joanna Brooks: "Invocation / Benediction" (2010)8. Valerie Hudson Cassler: "Two Trees" (2010)9. Chelsea Shields Strayer: "Dear Mom" (2011)10. Neylan McBaine: "To Do the Business of the Church: A Cooperative Paradigm for Examining Gendered Participation Within Church Organizational Structure" (2012)11. Meghan Raynes: "Now I Have the Power" (2012)12. What Women Know Collective, "All Are Alike Unto God" (2012)13. Kate Kelly: "Equality is Not a Feeling" (2013)14. Janan Graham: "On Black Bodies in White Spaces: Conversations on Women's Ordination and Women of African Descent in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (2013)15. Gina Colvin: "Ordain Women, But . . . : A Womanist Perspective" (2014)16. Lani Wendt Young: "Rejoice in the Diversity of our Sisterhood" (2014)17. Trine Thoma Nelson: "Claim Yourself: Finding Validation and Purpose Without Institutional Approval" (2014)18. Liz Hammond: "The Mormon Priestess: LDS Temple Theology of Womanhood" (2014)19. Rachel Hunt Steenblik: "Welcome Baby, You are Home" (2014)20. Caroly Lynn Pearson: "Pioneers"Glossary of Names and TermsAdditional ResourcesStudy Group GuideTopical GuideIndex

Editorial Reviews

"As Mormonism continues its evolution as a force in American public religious life, this needed compendium will help characterize this uniquely American faith." --Publishers Weekly