So recently, there has been all sorts of discussions in faithful mormon circles about feminism.
Which is great. I am supportive.
Before you read any more of this post, know that I am supportive of people inside the LDS church trying to change the misogynist status quo. And yes, I did call the status quo misogynist. And no, I don't think I'm going to back away from that term, which some people will find offensive. Or possibly angry. But I look at the definition of misogynist, and I observe what's going on in the LDS church, and I can't help but think they're pretty close to one another.
With that said, I can't help but wonder what's different about today, 2010 - than 1993. Or 1979. Time has passed, of course. But many of the situations that those feminists found themselves in, the power structure, the hierarchy - it's all still there.
An argument I've heard points out how the Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) gave women the priesthood (there is currently a woman apostle) and lost 25% of their membership. But honestly, I would suspect that a significant number of LDS have left over this issue or other discrimination issues. We don't really know how many people have left, of course, but we can guess. Some of the arguments then say "Well, we didn't want you anyway"...which is quite humorous (to my mind, and reminds me of the violent femmes song).
Those grapes taste awfully sour.
I get in trouble every so often by applying corporate metaphors to religion. But some of the best advice I ever received was that if I was miserable at a job for over three months, it was time to start looking. I've heard all sorts of arguments about whether or not you can change a corporate culture - from within or without. And I've seen both things happen, internal changes and external changes.
But honestly, if you know you are in a dead end job, and you can't tell if you're doing any good at that job - sometimes it is time to move on. Or to think about moving on. When you are spending so much time wondering what you are doing there, wondering where the time went - having panic attacks about your job - it's time.
Life is too short.
Without question, there is an iron ceiling in mormonism (as opposed to the glass ceiling).
Perhaps that will change. I would love to be proven wrong. And I am not advocating that feminists leave the LDS church. I just cannot see any way to change the culture as it stands today, personally. The LDS leadership holds all the cards. There is no reason for anyone to change - to change the rhetoric.