Junior Ganymede
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The Military Mental Model of Mormonism

August 31st, 2015 by MC

While once trying to explain to a non-Mormon friend why missionaries had such a strict dress code, I talked about showing respect for others, about norms of economic equality between rich and poor missionaries, but none of it seemed to register. Finally I said, “Look, becoming a missionary is like joining the Army. They have a collective goal, and everything is focused on that goal, to the point where things that you might otherwise find bothersome really don’t matter. If you are so concerned about individuality that you resent having to wear a uniform, then you are probably out of place there.” That made sense to him.

That sparked a years-long reflection on my part about how many aspects of Christianity in general, and Mormonism in particular, make more sense if you remember the words of the hymn, “We are all enlisted ’til the conflict is o’er.” As I’ll explain in more detail below, points of doctrine or Church history that might be troubling and confusing become less so when one realizes that we are in a spiritual war.


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August 31st, 2015 06:15:41

Modesty Facts

February 12th, 2015 by Man SL

A good take.  Here’s a quote:

While Yiayia’s rules of modesty might seem arbitrary, change some from one culture to another, and even change some over time, what mattered was that the rules were clear.  This is essential because young women naturally compete with one another for sexual attention, and knowing the exact location of the line between good girl and slut is required in order for them to effectively compete.

In a sense this isn’t all that different than auto racing.  While NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, etc. have different rules about what is permitted, what matters is that the rules are understood.  In order to compete effectively you have to go right up to the line but not over it.  But with modesty there are no longer any clear rules.  Each woman finds herself trying to go up to what appears to be the line based on what the other women around her are doing.  This has been going on for several decades, and not surprisingly it has resulted in a continuous drift of what is deemed acceptable.

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February 12th, 2015 13:37:59

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

April 10th, 2014 by G.

Modesty is to women as chivalry is to men.

-Thus Calculated Bravery.

The idea is that chivalry is the disciplined and God-fearing use of male power, whereas modesty is the disciplined and God-fearing use of female power.

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April 10th, 2014 01:03:43

Rape Culture in the Ensign

February 21st, 2014 by Georgie Porgie

mushroom cloud

Apparently the Ensign committed a microaggressive act of triggering rape culture . It published an article about chastity. Happy marriages and eternal life, it seems, are more evil than you thought.

Trigger warning: acts of microaggression to follow. (more…)

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February 21st, 2014 11:32:39

Sex Without Beauty

August 06th, 2013 by G.

Moldy Bread

The combination of sexually aggressive dress with deliberate uglification (tattoos, hair dye, facial piercings, etc.) is telling. The goal is specifically sexual attractiveness without beauty — attraction stripped of its aesthetic, spiritual, human aspects and reduced to raw animal lust.

Thus Wm. Jas., in a discussion with Bruce Charlton (more…)

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August 06th, 2013 11:38:58

Breasts want to be free!

March 04th, 2013 by Ask a Liberal Mormon

Why should I be expected to cover up when breast-feeding in church? If it makes you uncomfortable, that’s your problem: I’m not responsible for your filthy male instincts. I demand a church policy protecting my ostentatious show of motherhood!

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March 04th, 2013 10:35:33

Cutting Edge Science

November 22nd, 2011 by G.

A groundbreaking study reveals that men respond differently to women in clothes than to women in bikinis. That sound you hear is the shattering of paradigms and the breaking of old certainties.

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November 22nd, 2011 10:56:07