One of my wife's brothers has turned Mormon. He's marrying a nice Mormon girl. I anticipate lots of excitement at family gatherings as we discuss the Mormon church's oppression of women.
Today's exhibit: Mormon women can't even wear pants to church without drawing lunkhead comments and threats of violence:
"Wear Pants to Church" was the idea of Stephanie Lauritzen of Salt Lake City. She and some fellow Mormon women who belonged to a group called All Enlisted posted an events page on Facebook on Dec. 9. Within days, thousands had pledged their support, but one person threatened to shoot women who showed up in pants. Ms. Lauritzen, 26, also received threats on her own Facebook page that are being investigated by Facebook and the local authorities, she said.
On Dec. 11, the Salt Lake City-based church leadership issued a statement: "Generally church members are encouraged to wear their best clothing as a sign of respect for the Savior, but we don't counsel people beyond that."
The All Enlisted "friends" page has drawn hundreds of posts, both for and against the idea. JoEllen Swarts of Las Vegas wrote: "What is wrong with all you women??? If you're not happy with the LDS church, move on, find another place of worship. You will not change Mormon Doctrine."
...On Monday, a private All Enlisted Facebook page had collected about the same number of "negative experiences" as "positive experiences" from women across the country. Julie Tuovi Baker Hansen, a lawyer in Burbank, Calif., who participated while visiting a Salt Lake City suburb, said she was surprised to see a man raise his hand and say, "Women who want to wear pants, they just don't know how to follow the Lord" [Timothy Pratt, "Mormon Women Set out to Take a Stand, in Pants," New York Times, 2012.12.20].
Mormon doctrine doesn't officially forbid women from wearing pants, but the attitude of some members shows the kind of misogynist, hierarchical thinking that Mormon doctrine fosters.
Mormon doctrine does forbid my Lutheran wife from testing the dress code, since neither of us is worthy to enter a House of the Mormon Lord.