“I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”
― Gloria Steinem
My mind is open.
No, really, I’m open-minded. I’m a liberal, I recycle, I take reusable bags to the grocery store, I have long conversations in coffee shops about politics and never leave hating the person I had the conversation with….I am the one that is unfriended on Facebook when the discussions gets heated because others can’t handle my point of view, but I can certainly handle theirs!! (yes, I am patting myself on the back as I type this—which is not as easy as it might sound). What could all of that mean if it does not mean being open-minded?
And then, by God, I realized that while these might be qualities I associate with being open-minded, I didn’t really have a clear definition of “Open-Mindedness”.
Logically, I turned to Webster: open-mindedness was clearly stated in five words–“Receptive to arguments or ideas.” Voila! That very definition shouted my name! YOU ARE OPEN-MINDED! Applause! But, like a suspenseful episode of Fringe, I knew that the search could not end there. Who had these arguments or ideas that I was supposed to be receptive to?Read More
‘Pink & Blue’ needs you!
What is ‘Pink & Blue’?
It’s a coffee-shop conversation…that became a scribble on a napkin, that became a PSA-style short film project, using whimsy to promote gender equality at playtime. The miniature universe of kids’ toys is the setting we’re choosing to power a simple idea: It’s healthy for girls and boys to share EQUAL access to imagination during their developmental years – and beyond.
My answer as a little girl to the age-old “what do you want to be when you grow up?” question varied between a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, a movie star and POTUS. I clearly had big dreams and little judgment. By the time most Mormon girls like me get to Young Women, they’re not asked what they want to be anymore – they’re told. The current Young Women’s Manual says this about chosing a vocation:
Explain that as women, the class members should have two vocations in mind: first, being a homemaker; and second, doing something that will allow them to earn money to support a family if that should become necessary. Many women also find that before they are married or after the children are reared, there is time to be productive in a vocation. (YW Manual 3, Lesson 45)