The General Relief Society President dared to have the nerve to do her job and show herself in public and speak to women of the Church. Predictably, she was roundly criticized on almost every blog in the Bloggernacle for it. Why? Because of a "total lack of deep gospel mojo", because she made obsessive mothers feel guilty, and she failed to criticize the men of the Priesthood. You know, it just doesn't matter what President Beck said, she would have been attacked for it regardless. Never mind that it is outside her authority to speak to men of the Church, that some women will feel guilty no matter what, and the Bloggernacle in general (and FMH in specific) lacks deep gospel mojo. None of that is relevant when it comes to emotional tirades.

Judging from the number and variety of threats of letter writing, Church Headquarters in SLC will likely be deluged by hate mail that will have to be security screened, so if you are ordering anything from Church Distribution you should probably do it over the web site or phone if you want timely delivery.

The sad thing is the entire round of complaints, whining and accusations was so predictable, it could have been scripted months ago. Sister X speaks at GC, angry Bloggernacle womyn react negatively because she fails to uphold their view of how the Church should be run and attack her for it, the more faithful and sensible female bloggers shake their heads in dismay and embarrassment, men divide up along the lines of which camp they are in, it gets snarked, after a couple of days everyone forgets about it and nothing changes. Repeat in six months. Next March, how about we do it all the weekend before the real General Conference, so when the real one comes up people will actually listen to it and think about it rather than dump their incendiary mind vomit onto their laptops real-time instead. Maybe, just maybe, something someone says will sink in an actually result in someone taking it to heart.

As an aside, one noteworthy point is the womyn of the Bloggernacle not only covet the Priesthood, they also covet the Presidency of the Relief Society as well. See guys, they don't just hate you, they hate themselves too. Comforting that the womyn of the Bloggernacle are equal opportunity usurpers, isn't it?


Anonymous said... @ October 8, 2007 at 7:56 AM

We've always known they hated themselves, that's nothing new.

What's that thing called where people can't accept leadership or criticism from one of their own? Cause that's mainly what's going on.

D. Golden Shizzle said... @ October 8, 2007 at 8:18 AM

The FMHers are whining with such incredible volume, its really hard to understand what they're saying. Wait. That's really not different from FHM-normal.

Jack "Marlboro Man" Mormon said... @ October 8, 2007 at 8:32 AM

I am pleased to see so many supportive husbands encouraging their wives in trashing Sister Beck. When I see all of this unity and strengthening of marriages, it brings a tear to my eye.

madhousewife said... @ October 8, 2007 at 11:21 AM

I liked Sis. Beck's talk, think people are overreacting to it and distorting her words, but I disagree that "it is outside her authority to speak to men of the Church." She was speaking in General Conference, which implies that she had "permission" to talk to the men, too (had she chosen to). Do you really mean to say that if she'd told the brethren to stop playing Halo and pick up their dirty socks, she would have been overstepping her bounds? I think she probably figured the men get their butts kicked enough in priesthood session, so it would have been superfluous for her to do it, but if she had chosen to do it anyway, it would have been perfectly within her authority, even if it was gratuitous.

And you're wrong that she would have been attacked regardless of what she said. If she'd used science metaphors and mentioned "priestesshood" a lot, everyone would have loved it--except for those women who were too busy cleaning their houses and fetching their men's slippers to listen to her talk.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said... @ October 8, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I've been waiting for this.

Heather O. said... @ October 8, 2007 at 2:05 PM

Today General Relief Society President--tomorrow MASTER AND COMMANDER OF THE UNIVERSE! Bwahahahahahahaha!

Wait, do I need the priesthood for that?

D. Golden Shizzle said... @ October 9, 2007 at 7:54 AM

For "Master of the Universe", yes, you need the priesthood. "Mistress of the Universe"? Now that requires an entirely different skill set.

wendy said... @ October 9, 2007 at 3:40 PM

I thought her talk was excellent. One thing I've noticed over the last 13 years or so that I've been a mom, is that there is a lot of emphasis for the priesthood to do a better job, be better fathers, etc...but the women are often given a big pat on the back for their angel ways.

I may not like it, but sometimes I need more of a swat on the behind to get myself back on track....

Tori :) said... @ October 9, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Ditto to Wendy's comment. :)

Stephen said... @ October 9, 2007 at 8:14 PM

I kind of missed all the things that people didn't like. I did feel bad people were offended.

Anonymous said... @ October 10, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Stephen -

exactly. I think bad people were offended as well. In fact, I think ONLY bad people were offended.

Anonymous said... @ October 10, 2007 at 1:46 PM

I think snark is a complete ass.

Snarkimus Prime said... @ October 12, 2007 at 12:33 PM

I think anonymous can kiss mine.

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