April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series and host of the Religious Feminism Podcast. Learn more about April at aprilyoungb.com.

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  1. Genevieve says:

    Lol I love this song!!

  2. makakona says:

    wow. um… i can’t vote because i’m in a meetinghouse, logged into the church’s internet, and i’m getting this message at the top of the page: Filtered Content
    Access to the website you requested is filtered by Church policy.

    • makakona says:

      i guess it’s prudent to add that i was able to pull up the 24th relief society lesson just fine and have never had a problem pulling up the exponent in class. it was only this post i couldn’t access. :\

  3. MDearest says:

    We need the option of wearing a skirt/something purple for women. I opted to wear a skirt and a giant flaming purple silk scarf. I had responsibilities and I wanted cooperation, so I decided not to be too overtly political. I also correctly gauged that my ward is not very activist. I saw no one wearing pants, but there were several women decked out in unmistakeable purple. Our RS teacher wore a purple skirt. The most conservative (or so I thought) woman in the ward wore a purple top. And I had a very positive conversation with another non-activist woman about pants and judgement.

    I did see a woman in the other ward wearing leggings and a shortish dress.

    • Rachel says:

      Agreed. I am a woman and I wore a purple blouse and black pencil skirt. My husband wore a purple tie.

    • DianaK says:

      I am visiting and attended my daughter’s ward today – we were the only ones wearing pants. My two beautiful granddaughter’s wore purple dresses. I was very impressed with the conversation my daughter had with them – thought it was handled very respectfully.

  4. Caroline says:

    Today I was one of 5 women wearing pants. Three of those women wore pants in large part to stand in solidarity with me. (One was my visiting teacher. The other was my friend. And another was a grad student I visit teach.) These are women who haven’t felt a great deal of personal pain about women’s status in the church, but they definitely sympathize with those that do and they support questioning the gender status quo. One of my friends came to church in bright red pants. Her philosophy was “Go big, or go home.” I’m touched that these women did this for me — I know they had some angst about it.

    There were probably 7 or 8 men who wore purple in support of Pants Day.

    People who approached me about my pants were supportive. There were about 5 in all who asked about it and they had all heard about the movement, which surprised me. No one had anything negative to say. Though I was disappointed to see no men in leadership wear purple — I know the bishopric knew about Pants Day.

    All in all, not a bad day.

  5. Caroline says:

    By the way, does anyone know who the uke song writer-singer is? She is terrific! Love that song.

    • April says:

      I know her first name is Catherine, but that’s all I know. Her YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SeeCateCreate If you see this, Catherine, and want to tell us your name I would love to credit you!

    • Cate says:

      Thanks Caroline! That is me, Cate Rawson. 🙂 I didn’t know you guys had it posted over here until right now when my hubby came home and told me he got a message from a girl he had taught in the MTC who asked if “the Pants Song singer on the Exponent website is your wife?” . Luckily she was thrilled instead of disappointed by his response that why yes it is his wife. Thanks for posting it over here! I love The Exponent!

  6. Corrina says:

    That song put a smile on my face. 🙂 Made me glad I did take a chance.

  7. TopHat says:

    I wore a dress with leggings because this pregnant belly can’t handle waistbands- even the leggings were pretty miserable. My daughter wore pants today, though, and loved it. 🙂

    Not a lot of support in my ward, just one woman who had purposely wore purple, but my ward is kind of like that: they really don’t care or noticed thing like this, which is cool. I think the stake president had a purple support tie, though.

  8. Annie B. says:

    I wore pants with a purple sweater, and my husband wore a light purple shirt and dark purple tie. I didn’t see anyone else wearing pants but we don’t go to sacrament meeting and I stay secluded in the nursery room for the entire two hours we’re there so there may have been others. I noticed some double-takes in the direction of my pants, but no one was rude thankfully.

    It was so nice wearing pants in nursery, especially being down on the floor with the kids and not having to worry about tripping over a skirt! I think I’ll do it again in the future when I’m feeling particularly pantsy, now that I got up the courage to do it once.

  9. el oso says:

    I did not notice anyone in our ward wearing pants who did not normally do so. There may have been some extra purple, but some men and women wear purple at other times anyway. Hard to tell for sure. Ours is a pretty conservative but generally young ward.
    The biggest clothing issue recently is parents frequently discussing the preferred church going clothes of some of their children and the tremendous efforts to enforce “church appropriate” clothes. I do not know if pants on girls was ever part of these discussions. It was not at my house.

  10. kramer says:

    I wore a purple tie. My teenage daughter likes to coordinate with my tie, so she wore a purple blouse. My friend wore a lava-lava.

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