2(C) Not all women become mothers
(or spouses, which LDS’s
hope accompanies motherhood), but single men are ordainedas a matter of course.Women and men are equal, they justhave different rolesGovernance has always been the litmus test for equality.
Youcan tell a marginalized class by their exclusion from access tovoting and public office
by either law or glass ceiling (thinkBlacks, Jews, Irish, women, etc. in history). Separate but equalonly holds up when there's a discernible,
difference(forcing a female but not a male to undergo a pregnancyscreening, for instance, might qualify as just discrimination-excluding a woman from pursuing public office or theapostleship does not).There are women in the scriptures,and we believe in Heavenly Mother
You’re kidding, right? Heavenly Mother and scriptural women
get as much stage time as Passerby #16 in
. Prayers,scripture, temple, and Sunday services teach male narrativeswritten by male authors to male audiences using male
pronouns and encouraging worship of a male and that male’smale child. This wouldn’t be so bad (i.e. the male narratives,especially Christ’s,
could be interpreted as universal humanstories
) except for your dogged insistence about the eternalsignificance of gender roles and the differences between the
sexes. A worthy woman isn’t permitted to represent Jesus at
the veil, ostensibly because, in emulating her Savior, malenessis more significant that faithfulness, worthiness, or discipleship.Women do lead in the church!
Women don't participate in general governance
(matters thatpertain to the community as a whole). They only lead
of the whole (e.g. the Relief Society), and are categoricallyexcluded from at least the top five levels of the hierarchyglobally (FP, Qof12, Presidency of the 70, Quorums of 70,Presiding Bishopric) and the top three locally (Stake Presidency,Stake High Council, Bishopric).