Join us as we interview editors Nancy Ross and Sara Hanks to discuss their book, “Where We Must Stand: Ten Years of Feminist Mormon Housewives,” an anthology of blog posts from the first decade of the Feminist Mormon Housewives Blog, 2004—2014.
The posts discuss Mormon women’s experiences of wrestling with feminism in a conservative religious tradition. The book highlights individual moments of reflection and faith while tracking the growth and progress of a larger community and religious social movement. Bloggers and community members moved from writing to activism, witnessed the public excommunication of a community member, mourned, and changed. The Feminist Mormon Housewives blog emerged at a time when the broader Mormon feminist movement was in decline. The bloggers shared their discovery of Mormon feminist history, concerns and fears about polygamy, the difficulty of navigating church and family relationships, losing and finding faith, the worst sex talk that ever happened in a church setting, and the awakening of a broader social consciousness. In doing so, they invited a new generation of women into the movement and helped to rebuild it.
Other links referenced in the conversation:
- Peggy Fletcher Stack’s article “Where Have All The Mormon Feminists Gone?”
- Lisa Butterworth’s Symmetry Solutions practice
- Policies surrounding menstruation in LDS temples
- Wear Pants to Church movement
- Lindsey Hansen Park’s Year of Polygamy Podcast