Virtual Oases



Catching you up on a few notable posts from the bloggernacle and beyond. Please add any other recommendations in the comments!

  • Think Mormon polygamy is a thing of the past? Lindsay, our sister blogger from fMh, is starting a new series on Patheos about polygamy and fundamentalism. Here is her debut post.  Author and poet Carol Lynn Pearson’s new book, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy, explores the long lasting impacts of polygamy on the church today in this interview with Jana Riess. Tracy McKay-Lamb adds a follow-up piece with her personal experience.
  • Did you ever take this poll about renaming titles for women and girls in the church? (Mia Maids? Mission President’s Wife?) Here are the results of the survey, complete with pie graphs! And here’s the press it got in the Salt Lake Tribune, both from Peggy Stack, and a polite hat tip from Robert Kirby.
  • When asked, “If you don’t like it, why don’t you just leave?” Natasha Parker shares her response, and the guest responses from Holly and Alisa.
  • Did you watch the 2016 Rio Olympics? Did you catch any sexist remarks made by commentators or news outlets? Some of the sexist remarks made toward the female athletes at the Olympics might make your jaw drop. Scottish tennis player Andy Murray sets one reporter straight.  Simone Biles claims, “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.”  If you or your kids still have Olympic fever, here are some coloring pages of female Olympic athletes and heroes.  Kristine A. at W&T writes a great piece about misplaced rage and false enemies. (i.e. feminists don’t want to criticize Olympians for being mothers.)
  • Don’t miss the article Fiona Givens wrote for Dialogue about female Priesthood, Heavenly Mother and more! Here’s her interview with Jana. 
  • Pope Francis announces the commission on exploring female deacons. Big steps for our Catholic friends!
  • President Obama writes a feminist Love Letter for Glamour magazine. VP Biden sets the record straight about rape and consent.
  • A wonderful piece in the Deseret News about how white people must practice more meekness in race relations. Suggestions for what white people can do to use their privilege to help from Justin Cohen.  Our sister blogger, Kalani from the FemWoc blog, advocates for greater discretion and care before calling 911 on her sons, or boys who look like her sons.


Violadiva is an oxymoron, a musician, a yogi, a Suzuki violin teacher, a late-night baker of sourdough breads, proud Mormon feminist, happy wife of Pianoman and lucky mother to three.

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2 Responses

  1. Heather says:

    I always love this. Thank you!

  2. EmilyCC says:

    I love this! Particularly because with Facebook, I often see things I want to read when scrolling on my phone but don’t have time (and then loose them). Now I feel caught up and I’m using the Olympic coloring pages for FHE tonight.

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