Mormonism's new guidelines about youth being interviewed by bishops are a step in the right direction but don't go far enough to protect children and teenagers from the potential for sexual abuse.
The LDS Church should revamp its system of allowing bishops to be alone with teenagers -- especially when it comes to asking questions about their sexual activity, says guest blogger Mette Harrison.
I see positive signs that we may have turned a corner in the Mormon modesty wars. Pass the root beer, people, and let's celebrate.
It’s true that some R-worthy movies, books, and music have little to offer, either in artistic value or moral strength. But others absolutely do. For Mormons to close ourselves off to those cultural truths sight unseen is ridiculous.
Mette Harrison asks, "Could it be that our insistence on talking about male desire and female purity is leading to problems for married couples who do not know how to negotiate an equal sexual interaction?"
Maybe the BYU-Idaho video and the inaccurate reportage about it will prompt Mormons to have a much-needed conversation about the ethics of masturbation -- and the ways we discuss it with youth.
If virginity is the cornerstone of female power, as Sister Elaine Dalton suggests, then its surrender, whether willingly or by force, is the very definition of disempowerment and devaluation. As Elizabeth Smart put it, who wants a chewed-up piece of gum?