Below is the press release of the new website, Agitating Faithfully. Exponent Readers, what do you think of this strategy to promote gender equality in Mormonism? Personally, I believe the issue of women’s ordination is an important one, and I’m supportive of forums which facilitate the conversation. I’m also very interested to see how many people sign on. I think we’re living in an era of Mormonism in which stating support for women’s ordination won’t get us called in by our leaders. So what do you think? Will you sign?
What is AF?
– It’s a site where church members can publicly state their support for gender equality in the church. It was inspired by Pres. Hinckley’s statement that women could possibly receive the priesthood, which he followed with, “but there there’s no agitation for that.” Perhaps if we take the prophet at his word, we could receive the blessings he suggests are available.
What can I do on AF?
There are several LDS feminist sites already? What does AF offer that these sites don’t?
– The LDS feminist blogs like Feminist Mormon Housewives, The Exponent, and Zelophehad’s Daughters are great for engaging discussion and promoting ideas. The new WAVE site also provides a wonderful service by acting as an official face for the LDS feminist movement. AF isn’t intended to compete with what these sites are doing. Instead, it provides two specific services that I haven’t seen anywhere else:
- A single, specific goal. Rather than dealing with feminist and gender issues generally, AF focuses specifically on the issue of extending the priesthood to women.
- A means of organization. AF allows LDS feminists to publicly identify themselves. I think this is especially important since so many church members feel that there are no feminists in the church, and so many LDS feminists feel silenced in church. It’s a self-feeding cycle, and I believe that public self-identification is an important step toward breaking that cycle.
Do you really think AF will change the church’s policy regarding the priesthood?
Then what’s the point?
– Two points. First, solidarity. I hope that encouraging feminists in the church to “come out” publicly will help other members with similar perspectives who feel alone discover that they really are not alone — and perhaps even inspire them with the confidence to express their own beliefs. Second, I want my daughters to know how I feel. In a sense, this project is my testimony to them, that I feel they deserve the same blessings and opportunities that are available to the men in the church.
How can I contribute?
– Go to agitatingfaithfully.org and add your name to the list. Right now there’s only one name there. My initial goal is to have twenty names there by the end of January.
Who can I ask if I have any questions?