Duncan Riley> Yes, its been a slow Easter weekend, so news of a Feminist Mormon who’s spreading the good word that feminism is not just about growing hairy legs and spitting on men but can actually be useful when you’re 1 of 6 or 7 wives struck me as a fine example of the diversity a number of insular A list bloggers state that the blogosphere so desperately lacks.
But before you start flaming me for taking the piss over a religion that runs the state (Utah) that is trying to censors blogs, I say good will to all men, women, and even mormons this easter, and peace be with you!
Rocky Mountain News reports that Lisa Butterworth is the very image of Mormon devotion: She lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their three children younger than 4, faithfully attending church and teaching at Sunday school. But beneath the subservient , religious veneer is a top rating television series in the making, because Lisa has a secret: she writes a blogspot blog called Feminist Mormon Housewives.
None the less Lisa champions the American can-do spirit in a country where new types and strains of religion are seemingly created every 7 seconds: “I was getting really frustrated at church because I couldn’t talk about a lot of things that were bothering me about history, about feminism,” said Butterworth, 30, who started the blog last August with four friends. “I wasn’t interested in bashing the church; I wanted to find something that could be faithful, liberal and feminist. I didn’t find that, so I created it.”
The blog also preaches tolerance, with this post: “In the last few years, for the first time in my life I have formed close friendships with a couple of non-Mormon women. I was thinking about this yesterday and it gave me flashbacks to my youthful idiocy. Back when being around non-members made me feel uncomfortable and slightly dirty”.