I was just looking to see when the new season of Sister Wives was starting (I really want to know if they are making a baby-growing contract or not!) and I stumbled across this blog all about the show, polygamy, and Mormon fundamentalism. And so obviously I got completely sucked in and read about seven or twenty posts in a row.
And let’s be honest about one thing really quick: I grew up in crazy southern baptist churches where they would play animated videos about what Mormons believe and focused really heavily on the race issues [and something about underwear you never take off, I think, but I was only like eight so it’s hard to remember]* and so I know that my unquenchable interest in everything polygamists do is just an unhealthy result of those experiences but, seriously, one husband having three wives is kind of insane, right? And then there’s the race thing, which is totes bad. Moving on…
I discovered a quotable sentence in one of the blogs that made me really think. And I wanted to share it here because — I mean, seriously, do we really think H is going to listen to me go on and on about polygamists and feminism and religion and such for more than about twenty seconds without turning on
the a any game? Probably not. Here it is:
I would obviously make some edits to this sentence. Number one, the garden itself was not a curse — exile from the garden was the curse. But I know, I know, don’t quibble about words when you want to talk about meaning. So, is it true that Eve’s curse was male domination? And if so, did that curse end on the cross?
This concept feels revolutionary to me, so I’m assuming none of my southern baptist pastors ever mentioned it. [ha!] But, I’ve been in other more progressive and/or feminist religious settings during the past four years, and I’ve still never come across this idea: that Christ’s sacrifice listed the curses of sin from us including the domination/separation/distinctions between male and female.
And perhaps I’m making too much of this single sentence in the context of something not-quite-holy-and-mostly-gossipy, but I’m kind of interested in where this idea might go, or where it originated. And I’d love to hear thoughts on it if anyone has any. [Especially you, Mrs. Pankhurst, and you, G.]
*If you are Mormon [or a Mitt Romney supporter] and this blog offends you, I apologize for stepping on your giant overly sensitive toes. I am the most politically correct person from Tennessee I have ever met, and I hope you understand that this is not intended to be offensive.