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October 9, 2018 at 2:06 pm #802848
The Mormon church has asked (only) women to take a 10 day break from social media. No one in my social circle seems to realize how terrible this new ‘guidance’ from the Mormon church is. Even the non-Mormons in my life seem to wave their hands at it. I figured you guys would appreciate how sinister this really is. They’re not asking men to take a break, only women.
Right now – right before elections. Right now – when women are actively coming forward about their history of sexual assault at the hand of powerful men. Right now – when women in my state are polling as very likely to vote against the church endorsed candidates because of the awfulness of the republican party.
Here’s an interesting article on how it’s actively impacting election campaigns: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/10/09/lds-women-have-been/October 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm #802849
That is terrifying. I know every religion has it’s fundamentalists – and those sects are super controlling, but I generally feel that mormons fall into that space where the average person is kinda fundie and the really fundie ones are certifiable. This merely reinforces my position.October 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm #804331
YIKES!!! Are you Mormon? Ive always seen Mormons as a cult, no offense. I’m a beleiver in Christianity (non denomination but grew up Baptist) and if anything its advocated for all to be aware and voice thier opinions. Truth be told we all need to break from our social media.October 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm #804332
NEWSFLASH — Mormon should be rebranded much accurately as… wait for it… Morestupidity.October 10, 2018 at 4:12 pm #804333
I’m surprised that the LDS allows the wives to have internet to begin with.October 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm #804416
I’m not Mormon but I live in Utah so many of my extended family and coworkers are. And they’re all eating this shit up like it’s a good idea to take a break… no questions as to why the men aren’t being asked the same.October 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm #804470
Yeah this is terrible. Definitely trying to silence women. I can see why people arent picking that up though because I think in an election season social media turns extra toxic so on its face (and if you’re already a believer who doesn’t tend to question), it can seem like a good thing.
But no, we need to get angry and stay angry. Now is not the time to dial that back.October 10, 2018 at 8:54 pm #804490
If my church came at me with some crap like this id be finding a new church. The craziness is that they arent question Why Us, why not everyone. Why specifically female. You have to be brainwashed to agree to some dumb crap like that. I could understand if it was the womens ministry that agree to it with no men intervening just to,say Hey lets try this challenge, with no political purpose involved.October 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm #804492
As someone raised in the LDS faith, I suppose I’ll share my thoughts. I think I will always have mixed feelings about it all because it played such a significant role in my up-bringing. I don’t wish the religion ill, but I wish they would stop making my life more difficult.
One of the hard parts for even Mormons to do is to distinguish the difference between what is considered advice that is spiritually optional versus ignoring the highest-inspired gospel truth recommendations of the conduit of the highest God and Christ.
I don’t think the counsel is bad. If anything, I think relying on different sources of information other than social media right before an election when many U.S. government officials have confirmed false stories on social media is a wise choice. Honestly most of the Mormon’s council is wise if one wishes to focus on the primary health of the “traditional” family roles which buy into a patriarchal system.
Mormonism is a unique lifestyle; they pride themselves on it. They try to really live what they consider to be their values. Most of their faith is based on procreation being not only a sacrament, but a requirement to achieve the highest levels of happiness and godliness.
To get a clear idea, see Dallis H Oaks talk:
On the surface I don’t think the social media fast is necessarily insidiousness. It’s probably good advice. The timing was probably determined long in advance. The talks that were spoken by the leaders of the church happen bi-annually. Women being directly spoken to by male elders is nothing new; it is a core experience of accepting righteous dominion of the “priesthood holders.”
I’m more concerned about the persistent messaging that gender non-conformity, homosexuality, and lack of chastity are works of Satan meant to keep people from God and his divine will for them.
This messaging can be terribly damaging to children; it puts people in a constant state of fear. It does direct the way many lds members feel compelled to vote, as does paying 10% of tithing in addition to taxes for social needs. Mormons strongly encourage self-reliance and being in the world but not of the world. This can bring a sense of peace. It certainly carries a strong sense of social identity in nearly every intimate relationship. But it demands a certain amount of conformity and a policing of thought. A certain amount of self-policing can be good for people but it is painful to grow up never to fully trust your own instincts about anything novel.
I think most of them take sexual assault seriously, maybe more so than a typical non-Mormon might. But as an institution they look out for the church. They consider abortion murder, and breaking chastity second only to murder, in spiritual terms. But there is also a wink, wink, nod nod on adultery and mistakes that might involve male impulse control.
Most of the Mormons I’ve met are committed to service, community, and self-progression to the extent that the wrinkles don’t bother them so much. Even if those wrinkles cause much pain for those who cannot fully identify among them.October 11, 2018 at 6:59 pm #804652
When I think of Mormons and social media the only thing that comes to mind are dimwits like Rachel Purcell, that Amber Fuller-up Clark, that insane Birdie a la Mode women and the like. Online show-offs, amassing wealth and promoting consumeriam, espousing the virtue of modesty and going into a defensive rage when people ask how posting bikini pictures online is modest etc.
I thought the reason there was such a large presence of moromons across social media was because the “church” (or whatever the leaders are termed) told people to journal publicly or something along those lines and it was a proselytizing tool.
And now they’re telling women to avoid social media…
The religion is right up there with Scientology.