#hearLDSwomen: Let’s Listen to Women at General Conference
The so-called “Primary Voice” used by women, particularly in General Conference, is often used as a reason for tuning out or actively ignoring the voices of women. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard both women and men state that they couldn’t bear to listen to this speaking style. I used to time conference breaks so that I would GET UP AND WALK OUT OF THE ROOM WHEN A WOMAN SPOKE. I can’t believe what an idiot I am. Here I wanted more from women, and when I had it, I’d deliberately prevent myself from hearing it. I don’t care how annoying a voice is — if that’s not a cultural silencing of women, I don’t know what is.
One of my zone leaders on my mission told me that his dad (a stake president) told him that when female speakers start speaking in General Conference, he goes and gets a snack because women don’t say anything he doesn’t already know. The zone leaders laughed together and agreed—right in front of us.
– Chloe M.
I look forward to every General Conference only to see less than a handful of women’s voices represented.
Pro tip: Precisely because we have so few opportunities, we should be attentive to every woman that speaks at General Conference. Belittling the voices of female General Authorities (literally or symbolically) tells women we don’t value their experiences and knowledge.
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)