OK, so maybe it sounds like a bad SNL sketch. But founders of Feminist Mormon Housewives are serious about women’s issues. And whether you’re a housewife, a Mormon or just a feminist, you’ll likely find something interesting here.
Originally bearing the tongue-in-cheek subtitle “Angry Activists with Diapers to Change,” fMh was birthed in 2004 by Lisa Butterworth, a 30-something believer in Idaho. Her blog handles a range of issues like abortion, climate change, homosexuality, parenting, polygamy, witchcraft, Mormon history, finances, even the shadowy topic of the “feminine divine.”
But the posts also take some unexpected turns:
- Butterworth warns against enabling predators by being too nice — a post that got more than 170 responses!
- One discussion mulls over issues of women crying at work.
- Still another post suggests feminist lyrics
for nursery rhymes, to avoid painting women as passive.
The contributors write with wit and charm — though they often overwrite — and surprisingly without the anger and narrowness of many blogs-with-a-cause. Although some, like one NatalieK, seem to clutch at anything to draw hope for a more feminist church.