Madwoman Out of the Attic

a feminist trudging forward in a patriarchal world

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Exponent II




This collage by Emma Donaldson Taylor graced the cover of the summer 2005 Exponent II. Jana and I volunteered to be guest editors for this Southern California issue. We spent several months gathering articles by LDS feminists which broached topics which are generally not socially acceptable to bring up in other institutionally sponsored settings.

The article I'm most proud of is the panel on feminism and Mormonism. We arranged this by inviting four LDS feminists, two younger, two older, to discuss their views on feminism and the Church today. 16 LDS feminists from Southern CA attended and we had invigorating and emotional roundtable discussions on male and female roles, the priesthood, Heavenly Mother, sexual abuse, and other experiences as women in the Church.

Of course, our published article was not nearly as daring and edgy as our conversation that day. The editors in Boston felt it was necessary to be very careful about these topics in order to not offend the more conservative portion of the readership. I understand their perspective, but I will always remember nostalgically the excitement and vigor of our fiery, frank conversations that day.

4 Comments:

Blogger jana said...

It's nice to see our cover image in color! Are you going to write about our Exponent II experience?

8/12/2005 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Hey Jana,

Good idea. I should do a post on the X2 sometime soon. Did you ever get a chance to check out the x2 blog that Emily is working on? It looks pretty busy but seems like it will be able to handle a lot of different threads at the same time.

8/20/2005 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Hey! You didn't say anything about my article! What gives!? And why wasn't my article your favorite?

8/21/2005 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Sorry, baby. I just didn't put as much of an emotional investment into yours since it was already near perfect and needed no real editing :) But good of you to remind me, yours was the bestest and most important article.

8/21/2005 5:48 PM  

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