Date: March 17, 2016 09:32PM
The thought idly crossed my mind early in the morning, shortly after waking up but before getting out of bed. I can remember women from the bible, Ruth, Naomi, Esther, but I couldn't remember the name of a single woman from the book of mormon.
I was raised mormon. There were years when I read it every single day. How messed up is it that I couldn't remember the name of a single woman from it? They play no notable roles in the BoM. They're always someone's wife, someone's mother, or someone's daughter. Most of the women in the bible were those things too, but they also had their own stories. Some were queens and rulers. Some were prophets. Some fought to protect themselves and their countries. They made a difference in the world around them. Did any of the women in the book of mormon do anything of significance?
I had to google "book of mormon women" to remember any of their names. I found this:http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Women_in_the_Book_of_Mormon
For those who don't want to read the entire article, I'm going to post a few quotes that I think sum up TSCC's attitude toward women nicely:
"...no women are mentioned as religious or military leaders..."
Not a single damn one. That tells you something about this book doesn't it? Not to mention the church's attitude towards putting women in leadership positions.
"...marriage and childbearing were expected..."
Because what else are women good for? If you don't want to be a baby incubator, you're worthless.
"Women's dancing is associated with leisure and sometimes with wickedness..."
So why do they have church dances? Oops.
"The Book of Mormon women Sariah, Abish, and Isabel can be viewed not only as historical figures but also as archetypal figures of, respectively, the righteous mother, the godly servant, and the attractive but sexually impure outsider."
And this sums it up nicely. Women are only useful if they're servants, virgins, or if they're popping out babies. Obviously women can never be sexual, because we all know that's bad! This article shows just how scared TSCC is of women being in control of anything, up to and including their own bodies.
Not to mention, there are only three named women in the BoM (not including the ones that are in the bible). That's it. THREE. Compared the to... how many in the bible? Probably at least several dozen. This actually makes a lot of sense if you think of the bible as Joseph Smith's own personal Marty Stu-esque biblical fanfic. Of course all the heroes are men. A man wrote it. At least Ruth and Esther had their own books. None of the BoM women do. It's so sexist. I mean, you have to be really fucking sexist to outdo the bible.
But wait! Not everything the BoM says about women is horrible...
"...they were not excluded from, or segregated during, worship (2 Ne. 26:28-33); nor is there any indication that they were considered ritually unclean during menstruation."
So I guess that's a step up from the bible? I'm not sure. If women were excluded from worship it would probably be harder for the brethren to indoctrinate them. I'm also relatively certain the only reason they're not considered unclean during their periods is due to the development of sanitary products. Maybe the mormons don't ban women from church or temples, but they still want to own them and breed them like cattle.
"In extreme crises women took up arms in war alongside their men..."
My sister would love this one. She's a TBM and a member of the army. They didn't allow women in combat back when she joined though, and religious beliefs are likely the reason.
There's talk near the end of using women as imagery, particularly to refer to God's people. I've always rolled my eyes at that. It sounds possessive, especially when God is said to be married to them.
"The biblical imagery of God as husband and his people as wife is continued in the Book of Mormon."
Is that some roundabout way of saying we're all God's bitch?