We are young Mormon feminists advocating for change.
We are young:
We respect the sacrifices and efforts of the women in the feminist movement throughout history. Their tenacity and unwillingness to compromise on the values they held dear resonate with us as stalwart examples of commitment to progress. We embrace this heritage and are dedicated to carrying it on as the next generation of young feminists. We are not naive; we may not remember or have even been alive at the time of many important feminist events, but we are actively seeking to learn and understand our heritage as we continue to fight for women’s rights today.
We are Mormon:
We are current members, past members, questioning members, and people who culturally identify as Mormons. We decry attempts to demean our faith based on our quest for greater understanding and equality. We value the efforts of Mormon women and men who have battled both publicly and privately, loudly and silently, for change. As we navigate the paths of our own coming-of-age eras, we appreciate the ability to learn, grow, and take action for what we believe is right. We plead for a common understanding that each individual’s understanding of and relationship with deity is personal, private, and not to be coarsely judged by others.
We are feminists:
We define feminism as the advocacy for women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. We reject the acceptance of extreme connotations as the definition for feminism and urge all people to do the same. We are not ashamed to call ourselves feminists. We are both women and men actively seeking to eradicate vestiges of injustice in our societies in small and simple ways. We will not be silenced.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Exactly how young is “young”?
A. Although all are welcome on this blog, the average visitor is between 15-30 years of age.
Q. I see that some of your articles are not strictly about Mormons and feminism. What’s up with that?
A. Not everything is strictly related to the LDS Church, but we all write from the perspective of being young Mormon feminists.
Q. Why are there so many men contributing? This is supposed to be a feminist blog!
A. Our vision for the future of the feminist movement is that it will be made up equally of women and men. Both sexes play a role in feminism, and thus the activism of both will be required to accomplish the goals of the feminist movement.
Q. Do you have a current temple recommend? Does your bishop know about this? How can you be faithful members?!
A. As stated above, every contributor’s standing before God is their own business. We appreciate you not judging us for our heartfelt searchings for understanding. Also, not all of the contributors are currently active members.
Q. I think you just need to have a little more faith.
A. Thank you for your opinion.
Q. I have a question but it’s kind of personal. How can I contact you?
A. You can always email us at youngmormonfeminists at gmail dot com . We welcome your questions!
Q. I want to get involved with yMf and possibly contribute!
A. Awesome! Email us at youngmormonfeminists at gmail dot com!