The Ask Mormon Girl column ran from January 2010 through 2014 as a question-and-answer column about Mormonism and the ins-and-outs, ups-and-downs of living the “it’s complicated” version of faith. It was a joy and a privilege to write for progressive Mormons and our fellow-travellers, curious onlookers, and worried friends and relatives during an exceptional moment in Mormon history. Please enjoy the archives at this site. I promise you will find good company here, especially in the comments section, which to me are a showcase of the capacity of LDS people for generosity and wisdom.
I’ve concluded my work as a columnist, but I continue to study, think, and write about religion. I am proud to announce the upcoming publication of Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings, which I co-edited with Hannah Wheelwright and Rachel Hunt Steenblik, and which features forty years of the best and most important Mormon feminist thought, theology, politics, poetry, history, and humor. Never before have our words been collected together in one place. It is available now for pre-order here and will be released November 2015.
Thank you to the women who have generously endorsed the book:
“Spanning the Second Wave to the present wave of the women’s movement, these essays constitute a significant body of work on the religious implications of feminism. Their usual omission from feminist and Mormon history makes collection of them here all the more welcome and necessary. They are, indeed, ‘essential.’ The study of contemporary Mormonism should not be attempted without them.”
—Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies, University of Virginia
“The depth and breadth of Mormon feminist thought assembled in this volume will bring awareness to some and enlightenment to many. So much that has been thought and felt among Mormon women is here for reflection, reference and discussion. This book will enrich the legacy we treasure and point us to a proud future.”–Aileen Hales Clyde, Chair, Utah’s Task Force on Gender and Justice (1989); Regent, Utah System of Higher Education (1989-2003); Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1990-1997)
“Can one be a Mormon and a feminist? Through the careful combing of historical and modern Mormon feminist’s writings, the complexity of what it means to be an equal-minded, intelligent woman in a patriarchal church is here presented in its hopeful, heartbreaking, faithful entirety. Though the answer is complicated, this book honors those who have bravely and eloquently added their voices to the movement. As a church we owe these women–their words and work–much recognition for their progress and perspective.”–C. Jane Kendrick, writer at cjanekendrick.com
I look forward to being in touch with you this fall as the book comes out.