Pink for Boys and Blue for Girls: The Trouble with Gender Roles

I grew up in Provo, Utah—the traditional-values capital of the world—during the 1970s, an era characterized by radical social changes. Provo was more Leave It to Beaver than One Day at a Time, Three’s Company or Maude. Certainly it was not Modern Family. None of my friends’ mothers worked outside the home, none of their … More Pink for Boys and Blue for Girls: The Trouble with Gender Roles

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Fourteen Years Later: A Response to “The Priesthood: Men’s Last, Best Hope”

“Did you hear that!” asked Brother Smith, his face flushed with indignation. “I cannot believe that woman would talk that way about the Brethren.” We were gathered at a Washington, DC Sunstone symposium in the early 1990s and had just listened to Carol Lynn Pearson present “A Walk in Pink Moccasins” where she speaks to … More Fourteen Years Later: A Response to “The Priesthood: Men’s Last, Best Hope”

A Walk in Blue-State Moccasins: Imagining Life as a Utah Mormon Democrat

A Sandy, Utah stake president’s recent speech ignited a frenzy on Facebook and Twitter after it was posted on the internet by one of his stake members. President Matthew DeVisser’s words of warning about a general decline in values and admonition to prepare for turbulent times ahead was nothing revolutionary, but it soon morphed into … More A Walk in Blue-State Moccasins: Imagining Life as a Utah Mormon Democrat

Entertaining Angels

The following is a talk I gave at a missionary farewell in church today: I had only been a missionary in France for a few weeks and I was desperately homesick. My companion was an ex-marine who knew how to follow the rules with precision and one of those rules was to speak in French … More Entertaining Angels

An Apolitical Discussion about Mormons and Politics and Ethical Literature

I posted a version of this blog entry on the blog for the Association for Mormon Letters: I recently had an extended political discussion on Facebook. The person I was talking with, also a practicing Latter-day Saint, disagreed with me on pretty much every current issue. But my point in continuing the discussion was not … More An Apolitical Discussion about Mormons and Politics and Ethical Literature