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  1. I love my wife. We fell into the roll defined for us. My wife is a great mother and home maker. I also have 7 daughters. I want my daughters to be able to reach their potential, but I dont know how to encourage them without appearing ungrateful or critical of their mother.
    I had a really sad experience with one of my daughters. There was a discussion in seminary that fathers should interview their daughters fiance. I told that I probably wouldn’t because she was not my property and I would stand in her way of marrying. She was very disappointed.

    Consent had been very difficult in my marriage. I am never confident that I have true consent from my wife or is she just submitting to the responsibility she feels to provide for me.

    1. I’m not going to be able to reply to many of these comments but I do want to reply here. First, thanks for listening, James! I’m very touched by the examples you shared.

      I can absolutely relate to your feeling about your wife, because my mom was also a wonderful mother and homemaker, and I don’t want to appear ungrateful or critical of her either. That’s constantly on my mind as I present the information in these books, especially since some of the 20th Century works are very critical of that choice. I myself have been a homemaker since my first child was born in 2001, and I treasure my time with my children and my role as a mother above all else, so you’ll hear in my episodes on Beauvoir and Friedan that I am careful to defend women’s ability to choose – not to prescribe one way of doing things as the only way. In my view, an egalitarian, “partnership” family and society means that women participate equally with men in making decisions, and all humans are encouraged both to invest in meaningful relationships and to thrive as individuals. Each couple should decide what works for them during the different phases of their lives.

      About interviewing your daughter’s fiancee, I think it’s so great that you’re aware of the problematic historical roots of that practice. With that said, when my dad interviewed my fiancee, I felt very loved. So it’s complicated. With our kids, my husband and I plan to talk formally with our kids’ potential spouses together (regardless of their gender). That way we get to keep the beautiful aspects of that rite of passage – transferring stewardship of the parent to the adult child’s spouse… but without the vestige of male ownership of females. That’s one idea… although if your daughter really wants it to just be you, then maybe just honor your daughter’s wishes. ? There’s no one way, but I think it’s so wonderful that you’re asking the questions.

      And last, your attitude regarding consent is what I wish I saw from every man. You are right to worry that a woman raised in a very patriarchal culture, and especially if she is older than I am, will have absorbed a lot of messaging that places the male at the center, with her job to support and appease and please. Being sensitive to that, and encouraging her to speak up and participate as a full partner (especially if you are willing to be overruled as often as you overrule, or to keep negotiating until consensus is reached) is the best thing you can possibly do. Change is hard – it requires great strength – and I am so heartened to read about your efforts. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Amy,
    The book, Misquoting Jesus, by Bart D Ehrman, will give you the Greek translation of the sorry quotes In the New Testament that shade women negatively.
    Suzann

  3. What a great conversation. Thanks to both of you.

    I have very recently started exploring exmormonism, after being away from the church since high school in the early 70’s. I’m retired now from 30+-years of federal civil service including time as a senior executive in an Interior agency. When I started in 1979 the agency leadership and the organization still looked pure mormon. Its pretty amazing that over that short time I saw that agency respond change to actually openly embrace diversity to a great exte

    When I started the agency Organization looked a lot like the church. I think it just reflected the ease of operating a white patriarchal autocracy; if you leave the job to white men. As congress reacted to the emerging valuation they gave policy guidance to the executive branch and it started to change in response.

    For the church to change they need the cover of policy

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