Episode 26: Faith, Fear and Moving Forward Feminism With Joanna Brooks

 
Join Lindsay as she chats with Joanna Brooks about what it’s like to experience fear as a Mormon Feminist and how you can transition from fear and move forward to let Mormon Feminism work for you.

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  1. I really loved this podcast. Joanna and Lindsay are both she-roes of mine, so it was one of my most favorite podcasts ever! Towards the end of the podcast Joanna talked about how there’s a need for women to bear each other’s burdens, and maybe vent and be supported in experiences. But there’s also a need to move on from there and start doing things to help Mo-Feminism progress to the next stage. I love that. I spend a lot of time reading, thinking, and being sad. I need to spend a little more time being joyfully engaged in feminism.

    Thank you for doing these podcasts. I love reading the blog, but there’s something about hearing your real live voices discussing these issues that is very wonderful to me. I’m grateful.

  2. I really enjoyed this podcast! Joanna, I liked what you had to say about books vs the internet, and being able to point to something for support. I read a lot, but most of it these days is internet-based, and it’s true, it’s like a deluge of information that you can’t quite keep cataloged in your brain, or call the exact info up when you need to. Would you mind giving us a list of important books every Mormon (or those of us who were raised Mormon) or feminist, or both, should read in order to have a solid hold on history and facts? In fact, I think this would make a great FMH post (hint, hint)! Thanks!

    • Mormon value??? Isn’t that human value.

      You started with the premise that god/Santa is real. Then you go on to discuss, does Santa have elves working with him?
      Does he live at the North Pole?
      Does he really have the power to travel all around the world and why doesn’t he take Christmas presents to Africa, why doesn’t he help those kids?

      Well I know you didn’t really but that is how it feels to one who no longer believes in male power over females. I have asked all those questions so I no longer feel any fear of male power except their superior physical power in my case.

      Most of the issues raised by Joanna are just moot to me since I shook off the shackles to which religion has chained women for way too long. Talking about a Heavenly Mother seems like so much nonsense, the kind you were discussing Joanna. If you could only see it through my eyes – no all powerful male god and no non-powerful mother god. No male leadership telling me how I can behave and whether I’m a worthy woman.

      It was just all too easy to let go and find myself. Can someone who doesn’t believe in a god still be a Mormon? If you can let go of bits and pieces why not the whole shabang?

  3. Wonderful podcast, ladies! As someone who is relatively new to Mormon feminism, I appreciate Joanna’s long view of Mormon feminism. As Tiffany said, I loved the segment about becoming active and engaging in moving forward. Lindsay, thanks for all your work.

  4. Love this podcast and the reminder to move forward! Some Sundays are so angst-filled I don’t even want to be at church. Gotta keep that angst and fear in perspective. THANK you for the podcasts – I love, love them.

  5. I love what you said about anger and how it can be something that motivates you to put it to use. For me, that anger (that you accurately describe as a sense of betrayal) impels me to speak up and focus on the facts in church meetings when I hear people perpetuating damaging, hurtful or denigrating attitudes towards women and their experiences (most of all I see that women’s experiences are ignored or minimized–so speaking up is the way to make sure feelings and thoughts are not ignored or minimized). It took me a few months of mentally formulating and writing down how I would respond. After I found, I could articulate it, I tried speaking up. I was cautious in the beginning and I spoke up for other women by saying things like “I know of women who are out there, who feel this way and I am see why they would feel that way.” I’d say it with the hope/believe that someone in the room would identify as one of those women, and I was not so bold to say that I was one of those women (because you know how that invites people to try to “fix” you). I find that this works for the most part and that church members are interested in what I say and are not put off, which is what I think Lindsay touched on when she spoke about wanting to find a safe way to speak up.

    Through the discussion of faith, fear and freedom to live authentically, I was really hoping that the quote by Sue Monk Kidd would be included which says, “The truth shall set you free, but only after it shatters the safe, sweet way you live.” The period of time before it shatters is the time filled with fear, and the time immediately after is when you are picking up the pieces and figuring out which ones stay or go and how the remaining pieces go together. The quote perfectly captures the hope that rests in the phrase “the truth shall set you free.” There’s a promise there that good will come out of the whole process. Truth and freedom. Sounds good to me.

  6. Feminism is the freedom to just BE! I love that. I feel home when I think of that. I feel like I have been fighting to BE my entire adult life and sometimes the air is thin where I am standing. Thank you for the podcast. It gives me strength and helps me remember why I stay and keep striving to do what I feel is right even when it is hard.

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