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Feminist FHE

Back in August of 2012, I (Hannah Wheelwright) started organizing Feminist FHE in Provo, Utah. I started by posting on the Young Mormon Feminists facebook group each Sunday the time, location, and topic of discussion for that week’s FHE. We meet from 8:30-10:30pm and have discussed topics such as Mormon women and agency, Heavenly Mother, the gender pay gap and other workplace gender discrimination issues, LGBT topics and feminism, polygamy, and many other subjects. 10-15 people consistently attend, with as many at 30-35 attending on popular nights. It is not in any way endorsed or organized by the LDS Church- I’ve simply appropriated the name “FHE” because we are a gathering of people interested in discussing Mormonism and feminism. Many of us are BYU students, but it is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Since the success of this Feminist FHE, other young Mormon feminists have expressed interest in organizing Feminist FHE’s in their local areas. If you live in one of these areas, contact the person listed and let them know. If you live in an area not listed below and you want to be the point person for organizing a gathering in your area, email youngmormonfeminists AT gmail DOT com, and I will add your contact info below!

Washington D.C. Feminist FHE:
Jennifer Assily-  jennifer.assily@gmail.com

Colorado Springs, Colorado Feminist FHE:
Rachael Babiracki  – rachaelbabs@gmail.com

Boise, Idaho Feminist FHE:
Necia Hunter – necia.hunter@gmail.com 

Logan, Utah Feminist FHE:
Megan Howarth- meganhowarth@gmail.com

Salt Lake City, Utah Feminist FHE:
Jessica Swensen- jessica@brass-tack.com

Provo, Utah Feminist FHE:
Join the Young Mormon Feminists facebook group, or contact Nichole- nicholeyc14@gmail.com

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17 Responses to “Feminist FHE”

  1. katy

    I would absolutely love to be apart of a discussion based on my faith in the LDS church, feminism, LGBTQ topics, and more. I live in a suburb outside of St Louis MO, how can I still be apart of FHE?

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    • hannahwheelwright

      Hi Katy! Sorry for the late reply! If you would like, I can put your name and email address on this page as well as our facebook group so that if anyone else wants to be involved in a feminist FHE near St. Louis, they can contact you. Just let me know! 🙂

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  2. Natalie

    Hannah,
    I am a follower of you group on FB, and I would love to got to a FemFHE but I attend the BYU-I not BYU. Do you know of anyone who would want to start such group in Rexburg. I feel like a lone femenist here.

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    • Hannah Wheelwright

      I’ve seen at least a few feminists from BYU-I on facebook- I know you’re not the only one! If you like, you could let me know your email address and I can put it on this page so that if any other BYU-I feminists can contact you and coordinate. You can post your email here or email us at youngmormonfeminists@gmail.com. If you don’t want to be the point person, that’s totally fine- I’m sure more people will come out of the woodwork soon!

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    • Amy

      You’re probably graduated already, but I’m a BYUI student who would like to organize a feminist FHE! Anyone else, 3 years later? 🙂

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      • hannahwheelwright

        Hi Amy! I’m not at BYU-I either, but I know there’s a few folks in the Young Mormon Feminists facebook group who may be interested as well if you are in that group or want to join it. Good luck finding fellow feminists regardless! 🙂

  3. Emory

    This should be at BYU-Idaho!!! I wish someone would organize it, I would definitely attend.

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    • schools online engineering

      Miriam, you are in a very tough situation, but I would like to point out that ultimately you are responsible for yourself and your self-fulfillment first and foremost. As a convert, I can tell you that my conversion 12 years ago was the best thing I ever did. The way you describe your situation, you would be, in effect, breaking an implied agreement by converting. The question you must answer for yourself is: is that commitment more important than your own self-fulfillment? In my opinion, it is not reasonable for a member of a marriage to prevent another person from making a religious conversion. Yes, it does mean that the relationship will change. Relationships change for a lot of different reasons all the time. People don’t want children and then they do. People want to live in the city and then realize they want to move to the suburbs. A religious conversion is obviously the most personal thing possible, but ultimately you are responsible for your own decisions about your personal life. Your husband is not.It seems clear to me that your converting to the Church would cause a lot of stress in your relationship. But if your husband truly sees you as a valuable human being with your own personal goals and desires, he should honor your choice even if he does not agree with it. Over time, people change and he may learn to accept your choice and perhaps eventually embrace it. It is worth pointing out that very often spouses are able to convert their husbands after they join the Church. This happened to my father-in-law after my mother-in-law joined the Church with my wife. He hated the change for about 10 years and now he loves the church. They were married in the temple and he is a loyal temple worker. It can happen.Good luck on your journey.

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    • Pablo

      . For example, you say that you have heard that if you were to join, you’d end up alone for life? Are you sanyig that because you don’t want children you worry you will end up having to marry outside of the faith?Also, I’m curious as to why you feel like you might be too old for religion. I’ll share the first thing that came to mind besides wanting to know more about what has led you to consider joining the Church. There’s a verse in the Book of Mormon that I like a lot that sums up my thoughts: For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more ().So my question to you would be this: What do you think God is guiding you to do? What counsel is He giving you? If you are feeling like He’s prompting you to take this step, then maybe that’s all you need to know right now. I’m not trying to discount your plans and goals and questions at all. But my experience has been that as much as I want to be able to see what impact a choice in the present could make on my future, the reality is that we never really know. And it actually brings me comfort (because I tend to get anxious about the future!) to know that if I try to do the best I can with what I feel is best to do now, then I can trust that God will continue to guide me along the way to know what the next steps should be. And I can tell you that He *has* been there to guide me along the way. He’s also surprised and challenged me with some of the unexpected opportunities and challenges that have come. But it’s an exciting thing to watch my life unfold and know that He is there, involved in my life, helping me along, helping me grow and learn and understand Him and His plan and myself better.Of course, sometimes just taking that one step at a time can be a bit unnerving (especially if you are a planner and/or a worrier (like me)), but I think it’s all part of what it means to learn to walk by faith. We plan and dream and work toward goals, but we also learn to work with God so that He can guide us along the way and open up doors we might not have seen ourselves, and give us opportunities to grow and develop through experiences we can’t plan.So those are my initial thoughts. I hope others will share theirs as well. I have a favorite quote that I often share with women in your age and stage of life. Maybe I’ll post that, too.~MichelleEditor

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  4. Anonymous

    You are all so totally diverted from Gods truth. The adversary has a very slick tongue and the shades of grey he pulls over the eyes of believers and non believers is often very tricky to discern. Does this actually serve the purpose of Christ? Does this edify and uplift? I regret that I came across this website and I will certainly never visit it again. My hope is that you will one day focus your endeavors on building the kingdom of God and leading others to Christ…that is what His church is all about;repentance, love, grace. It operates by the Spirit, not simply the philosophies of men and our own misinformed, infantile understandings of what life is really about. We all have a lot to learn. Ultimately, God will prevail. We know this and it won’t change. Satan will one day crawl back to his dark hole and we will be left scratching our heads saying,”why didn’t I believe sooner?”

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    • Charly

      Even antifeminism is, tellingly, a philosophy of MEN. Simone de Beauvoir nailed it in “The Second Sex.”

      “It is not the inferiority of women that has caused their historical insignificance: it is rather their historical insignificance that has doomed them to inferiority.”

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