I have come to realize just how male-centric this blog is. Women are often most victimized by religion, and yet I very rarely write about women’s issues here. Even the name of the site and the group—SHAFT—is evidence of male bias! (Yes, the phallic innuendo was intentional; men cannot pass up the opportunity to make a penis joke.) It isn’t surprising, then, that only 21% of our readership is female*.
1. Female missionaries serve at the same age and for the same duration as male missionaries.
2. Men serve in Primary presidencies and women in Sunday School presidencies, as presidents and counsellors in positions above and below women leaders.
3. Girls pass (though do not bless) the Sacrament.
4. Women stand in circles when babies are blessed.
5. Elimination of mandatory gender-based dress codes in the chapel.
6. Home Teachers are male and female.
7. Visiting Teaching is phased out, as it’s an unnecessary duplication of Home Teaching.
8. Single men may be called as bishops.
9. Women periodically guest-teach in Priesthood, similar to occasional lessons taught by Bishops and other men in Relief Society.
10. The women’s meeting typically held weeks in advance of General Conference is integrated into the main sessions with the same fanfare as Priesthood Session.
11. Women speak at the Priesthood session of General Conference, as men speak at the Relief Society session.
12. Unendowed immediate family are permitted to attend LDS temple weddings.
13. Women act as LDS temple officiants during the main ceremony.
14. Private prayer to Heavenly Mother(s), or Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother(s) jointly, is permitted.
Which suggestions are the most/least feasible? And what would you add to her list?
*There are actually quite a few women in SHAFT. This blog hasn’t reflected that diversity, however. So while I will work hard to minimize my gender bias in the future, I invite our female readers to contribute their perspective to the blog. We are always looking for writers.