Still crazy after all these years ...
OK, so this video clip isn't new. The 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Utah happened, well, in 2002. We think the clip is still funny.
Why the Mormon church no longer
Pure religious persecution was one reason behind early Mormon difficulties with neighbors. Another was the quite real threat of Mormon voting blocs. It remains a potential problem today, which is why the church eventually adopted an official position—which it maintains most of the time—of neutrality when it comes to politics. (Interesting, given that you’d expect God to have an opinion about candidates and policy, and a church led by a living prophet to be privy to it.) Today’s The Salt Lake Tribune features an excellent article by Pat Bagley about the Mormon church’s experiences in the political arena. Highly recommended; click here to read it.
How to protect your freedom of religion
“LOVE your book. Made me laugh and cry. DH loved it, too. So glad you've found peace/happiness and your sense of humor's intact.”
And Debbie writes:
“One of the funniest most entertaining books my husband and I have ever read ... sometimes we had to stop reading we were laughing so hard. The author of this true story -- Joanne Hanks -- has a great way of bringing out the humor in even the most trying and difficult times of her life.”
Thank you, Cheryl and Debbie. We LOVE hearing from our readers!
Meanwhile, across the pond from the U.S. ...
Stylist, the UK’s largest women’s weekly, is running a story about Mormonism in its Wednesday, February 20, issue. Reporter Lizzie Pook interviewed Joanne Hanks at length for the story.
We’re eager to see the outcome. UK readers will see the article, and how Joanne fares in it, long before we do. (An online version of the story will be available in a few weeks.) If you live in the UK, please pick up a copy and use our contact page to share your thoughts.
In honor of the occasion, throughout this website we have added links to the UK Kindle edition of “It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass. There’s one right there on the right, or you can click here.
2/19/13 UPDATE: You can see an online version of the article by clicking here. We don’t know if the print version is identical or not.
When is a belief system also a cult?
Maybe, maybe not. Not all religions are cults. (For that matter, not all cults are religions, either.)
To help people decide for themselves just how cult-like (or not) their belief system may be (or not), we’ve added a page to this site that describes common defining characteristics of cults. You’ll find a link on this blog page at right, after “Categories.” Or just click here.
We thought we’d share this reader comment
“Great book! I lost my husband to the TLC back 2008. It’s been very difficult to understand why he left. A friend of mine told me about your book and your past with the TLC. Do you plan on writing more?”
Thanks for the nice comment. We were sorry to learn about your husband. We certainly hope to be writing more. Stay tuned ...
We're not fully buying
the Kite sisters’ story
Among other activities, they manufacture and sell post-it notes imprinted with phrases like "You are capable of much more than looking hot," and then encourage concerned citizens to purchase and stick them on public bathroom mirrors.
More recently, they have been encouraging supporters to use the notes to cover up the naughty parts of women in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
The Kites call it an empowerment campaign. In the Sports Illustrated pictorials, complains Lindsay Kite, women “... are posed in extremely provocative ways, the same type of positioning that’s in pornography.” Lexie agrees. “Maybe it’s time,” she says, “to gently remind them that there’s more to women than just being hot.”
Their rhetoric may have the sound of a laudable goal until you start thinking through this latest tactic. (Or when you visit their website and note the professionally shot, expertly retouched photo they have posted of themselves.)
Let’s be honest. This effort sends no message to Sports Illustrated. Nor will it, for there is nothing new about locals covering up pictures they deem racy. The accusation that photos use “the same positioning that’s in pornography”—a standard wide enough to drive a truck, many wedding portraits and not a few family pictures through—betrays the Kites as less interested in affirmation and more interested in telling women how to dress. Telling women to dress modestly is not the same message as “you are capable of much more than looking hot” (which we admit is a good reminder). Finally, to position sexiness and “capable of doing much more” as mutually exclusive promotes a sexist stereotype in its own right.
Just as creationists dress up their nonsense in vain hopes of making it pass for science, we cannot help but wonder if the Kites are trying to dress up Mormon prudery to look like women’s advocacy. If so, one must concede some irony. There is hardly a more sexist organization than the Mormon church. Read more about the Kites and the stickers in the Salt Lake Tribune by clicking here.
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