By ordaining women, we put the ball in Elohim’s court. If She’s sexist, the ordination won’t “stick,” and theoretically noone should be disciplined (no harm, no foul, right?). If He’s not sexist, th
en the Holy Spirit of Promise will ratify theordination and no one should complain.
I’ve been pushing for ordaining women (to the office of Elder to start) for a while now. Here’s an excerpt from one of
As I have argued before and continue to maintain, categorizing God's children as male or female based ontheir anatomy is unsustainable and undesirable(http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org/?p=7905). Separate
but equal institutions sometimes have a role to play in the
of equality, but cannot support its finalexpression. The category itself must be eliminated.Though women do possess already the authority to govern, they must express that power for it to bemeaningful. It would do little in the struggle for equality for Jackie Robinson to state that he has the authority toplay baseball, then continue to compete in the Negro Leagues. He
his power by playing in the MajorLeagues. By doing so, he led a movement which accomplished two ends. (1), it transformed the major leagues intoa colorful rather than uni-color institution. (2), the movement he led resulted in the
of the NegroLeague, a fact too often forgotten. In essence, both former leagues were destroyed, replaced by a single inclusiveinstitution.To express their power, Mormon women could beef up a separate but equal Negro League- but to do so isinstrumental at best. There is only one governance power, and it is polygendered. There is only one voting power,and it is polygendered. There is not a male authority separate from a female one. LDS communities equategovernance power with "priesthood"- a priesthood which has yet to be popularly and properly recognized as blindto the man-made constructs of sex and gender.The moment the Major Leagues began integrating with African descended players, integration ceased to be aninstance of black people requesting and receiving power from white people. Instead,
it became anacknowledgment of the irrelevance of race to playing baseball
. The irrelevance of gender to governance is just asclear.Yes, women could cleave to their feminine identity and build their own League, which might help womenthrive for a time. The first Negro league, the National Colored Base Ball League, failed in 1887 after just two weeks,due to low attendance. The LDS zeitgeist, by comparison, is metaphorically far beyond 1887. The final expression of equality lends itself, in my view, to a 2012 LDS Jackie Robinson.
This particular piece of precedent is particularly pregnant with philosophical potency, as it challenges in a stroke (1) LDSsexist governance, (2) the source of governance authority (common consent v. elsewhere), and (3) the ability of the
gerontocracy to retain a patriarchal grip over its members in an age where the rising generation’s zeitgeist is one of
information access, empowerment, and a milieu of secular equality. Like the Salt March, this act strikes at the morallegitimacy of an authoritarian regime- in this case, for excluding women from high-level decision making.