Welcome to a special edition of Good Comments, today we will be looking exclusively at comments related to the Ordain Women event to attend Priesthood session during this past general conference. Before anything else I want to throw a disclaimer in that I am by no means trying to say everyone making an argument against female ordination is some kind of hater, as there are many good and thoughtful arguments against female ordination. We just won’t be dealing with any of them here.
Yeah, we’re gonna need lots of cats to get through this.
Yikes. What a ride the past few months have been. Standing at the end of it now I’m left with very conflicting feelings, I’m proud, angry, confused, disappointed and very much embarrassed. That’s a lot of feels considering that Ordain Women doesn’t even have anything to do with me. You see normally when I’m putting good comments together you can see that the people making these comments really don’t know what they are saying, so it’s easy to poke fun and find humor in the chaos of words and thoughts. With Ordain Women however, comments seemed much more hurtful, and unintentionally (or not) caused damage. I can deal with having my personal belief structures called into question, even in really ridiculous ways sometimes, but when my personal testimony and faith systems are suddenly open for public assessment based of my supporting a greater presence of God’s power on this earth via the Priesthood…well it leaves me with a gross taste in my mouth, like when I sometimes accidently drink some orange juice after just having brushed my teeth, aka every cussing morning.
I’m still confused why some people think its ok to treat other people like this. Personal testimonies are not, and will never be up for grabs in the realm of public opinion.
The great irony is that if the prophet came out tomorrow and announced that the Lord has seen it fit to double the Priesthood power on earth by expanding it to women it would probably be seen as the greatest event in our lives within the context of church history. Nobody would dare question the understanding or faith of the Prophet or the Quorum of the Twelve. But because women are asking first suddenly they are holding hands with the devil while sipping margaritas and trying to destroy the family. There is something deeply sexist and disturbing about how some church members are responding to Ordain Women. Are these the same people who were against ordaining black males to the priesthood? This wave of resistance has some troubling implications. But this isn’t really my space to dive deeper into that so I’ll leave that to better minds than mine and get back to what you all came here for: lazy cat gifs…
But enough of that, lets lose our minds.
For those unfamiliar, Al Fox is a prominent LDS blogger/speaker. She is pretty well known for her online presence via her blog and YouTube videos. She also travels a lot doing firesides. If you support Ordain Women, Al Fox is not your biggest fan.
For starters, women were not protesting General Conference (or anything for that matter). Now that we have established that lets move on to what is probably the most fascinating analogy I have ever read. “Women protesting Gen. Conf. for Priesthood power is like men protesting doctors not being able to conceive a baby”. Wait, what? WHAT??? Why would men protest doctors because they can’t have babies? Was that the doctor’s fault? Do they have the power to somehow change that? (OMGZ, Does Al Fox not know where babies come from?) As a reminder Al Fox is confusing the power that nature gives you, versus a power that God gives you that is somehow being made as the same thing. I even called the biology department at BYU to ask if there is in fact, a priesthood gland somewhere in the male body, and the answer was a definitive “Please stop calling us.” But what a confusing and disjointed thing to say. This is tucked in nicely to condescending statements that imply that OW supporters are somehow ignorant and confused, and are people of a lesser faith.
What is perhaps the most disappointing thing about this is that her blog is not fully terrible, she has very nice things to say about being accepted in church and making people feel welcome, she even said there is a place for everyone in the church before it was cool. So it’s frustrating to see someone act with such venom towards other members to a large audience when they 1. Clearly see the church can be a hazardous place to be and 2. Don’t even have a firm grasp on what OW is trying to do. So congratulations I guess, for becoming the problem you tried to solve. She did use the correct form of “role” though, which is a victory at this point.
Hahaha, yeah. The joke here is that women are not capable of leadership positions. #Internalizedsexismmuch?
ATTENTION! An important man has man things to say about women: http://www.sottunderground.blogspot.com/2013/09/women-and-priesthood.html
It’s too long to paste here and there are too many excellent gems to share. So I will just run down some highlights:
-Repeatedly highlighting OW as a very vocal minority, with caps and bold font. Because a minority can’t be taken seriously.
-Impressive use of “The Sneetches” a book about teaching why discrimination is wrong, to justify discrimination.
-Biological determinism ad nauseam.
-The quintessential summery of every strawman argument against OW.
To cap this privileged man child’s ranting’s off let’s look at a comment from his post:
Yeah we can’t be seen associating with people who you know…think gays are people too. That’s not the way we play ball on Team Jesus. It was nice of her to make 1 person the avatar for every woman who thinks women should hold the priesthood, if you think about it it’s convenient really. (As a fun piece of trivia, I had that last one saved as commentofdeath.jpeg on my computer)
And now, we close our computers, take a breath and go outside, to bask in the nice fresh air and remove ourselves from being personally berated by complete strangers.
To close on a more optimistic note, I believe we are living in a very exciting time in church history, women are praying, sister missionaries are being given increased leadership opportunities, church leadership is listening and responding to the pleas of women. It may not be in the way we would like, but they are listening, and more importantly, our Heavenly Parents are listening, and that has to be worth something.
“All Adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” –Sally Ride