Call me crazy, sexist, misogynist, or even the anti-feminist . . . but why are people still obsessed with President Julie Beck’s talk given some six weeks ago in General Conference? (Hat Tip Gary at NDBF). And, just what is it that they think they know? Well, this is what they claim:
Several ideas within the body of President Beck’s talk conflict with our inspiration and experience. We are authors of our own lives, and this is the story we know to be true . . .
The key phrase here is conflict with our inspiration and experience. Sound familiar? Yeah, I’d say so. Just a quick couple of thoughts–since this 15 minutes should long already have passed:
I think what troubles me most about this missive is its condescending tone to those of us who are so unenlightened as to think President Beck gave a fine talk, with many good points for both men and women in the Church. One small example:
Men are our fathers, sons, brothers, partners, lovers, and friends. Many of them also struggle within a system that equates leadership with hierarchy and domination. We distrust separate-but-equal rhetoric; anyone who is regularly reminded that she is “equally important” is probably not. Partnership is illusory without equal decision-making power.
A system equating leadership with hierarchy and domination? Oh please. I had no idea of the depth of my struggles with this “leadership/domination” thing until enlightened from what these women think they know.
Cleanliness depends upon access to resources and has more to do with priorities than purity of heart. We do not place the additional burden of “outward appearances” on our sisters who are hauling fuel and water long distances; who are struggling with poverty, isolation, or ill health; or who choose values that take precedence over orderly living quarters and polished looks.
This one is really a winner. Take a look at one of those “sisters” and her family outside the Ghana Temple on the day they were sealed for time and eternity:
Truly a picture is worth a thousand words. For those who are regulars here, you are well aware of the West Africa Ghana posts I have done. Feel free to scroll through them again, and take a look at the photos of those Ghana Saints. These are the people who actually haul water and fuel on a daily basis (usually on their heads). They don’t sit smugly in the comfortable confines of their Wasatch Front mansions pontificating on “outward appearaces” and the “struggle of poverty.” No. These are the Saints who actually live it day in and day out–and who clearly are not obsessed about that which has little or no import beyond their daily struggle just to live. Yet, somehow each and every photo of these Saints I have seen shows clean, well groomed, and very happy people.
Ok, enough. Final thought and additional memo to Peggy Fletcher Stack: I know this is one of your pet topics, but please–it just isn’t news, at least not important enough for continuing articles placing President Julie Beck in a negative light. Or, maybe that’s the point–I guess I’m just not in the “know.”