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MorChauvinism + MorSexism = MorMan

Posted by skiutah on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My wife told me that because I was raised a Mormon, that I’m inherently a chauvinist and sexist, it’s part of how I was raised and who I am, even if I’ve long left the LDS church, it’s not simple to shed 20 plus years of misogynistic indoctrination.

Listed next are a few examples of Mormon teachings that promote chauvinism (there are hundreds of examples of like this, these are just a few random samplings).

Gordon B. Hinckley taught in a 2007 conference talk ”Husbands, love and treasure your wives. They are your most precious possessions.”

Orson Pratt taught “when she presents herself to the man, and gives herself to him with an everlasting covenant … she becomes his flesh, his property, his wife, as much so as the flesh and bone of his own body.” (JD vol 6, p. 358)

M. Russell Ballard advocated in 2001 that women should not wear more than one earring per ear “Wearing two pairs of earrings may or may not have eternal consequences for this young woman, but her willingness to obey the prophet will.”

Chauvinism and sexism are not unique to the Mormon religion. I have Muslim, Hindu, and Redneck friends that have been raised in similar “your wife is just a breeder, cook, and cleaner” societies.

How does one raise above one’s “MorMan” formula upbringing? My wife gave me this checklist:

– Recognize that you have been raised a chauvinist and misogynist.
– Extricate/remove yourself from the chauvinistic environment.
– Determine which behaviors are chauvinistic, sexist, and misogynistic.
– Next steps. Work on a plan to change your behavior.
– Equal partners in the marriage. The husband is not superior.
– Counseling. Get help from a professional therapist.
– Knowledge is essential. Get an education from somewhere other than BYU.

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3 Responses to “MorChauvinism + MorSexism = MorMan”

  1. skiutah said

    Here’s another sexist cult classic: Women Listening While Men Eat Their “Doughnuts”

    Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, May 1999

    “Tonight I am attending with a son, sons-in-law, and grandsons. Where are their mothers? Gathered in the kitchen of our home! What are they doing? Making large batches of homemade doughnuts! And when we return home, we will feast on those doughnuts. While we enjoy them, these mothers, sisters, and daughters will listen intently as each of us speaks of things he learned here tonight…”

  2. skiutah said

    Here’s something that was published by the LDS church in one of their magazines:

    “Women, as a rule, are not prepared to be philosophers. They do not, as a sex, reason. Their convictions are the result of instinct, rather than cold, measured thought. They like or dislike according to their immediate reaction to the object under regard, whether it is animal, material, or institutional, and usually they are in no way influenced by the application of reason on the part of others.”

    Questions:
    1. How do the inspired leaders think this stuff up?
    2. Does an inspired person check it before they publish it?

  3. skiutah said

    Many years ago, my spouse told me that films like Johnny Lingo contributed to my Mormon chauvinism. Maybe that’s where the word jingoism comes from, it’s short for Johnny Lingo Mormonism:

    http://www.sltrib.com/lds/ci_13064972

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