Author Archives: Femwoc

How Far We’ve Come and How Far We Still Have to Go

We are so pleased to share this guest post by one of our very favorite people ever: Dr. Fatimah Salleh! Dr. Salleh was born in Brooklyn, NY. She is the oldest of seven children.

Dr. Salleh first learned to love the scriptures from her grandmother, Madeline Riley. It was Nana’s Bible stories that captured Dr. Salleh’s attention.

Dr. Salleh received her Bachelor of Arts in History at Utah State University. She earned her Masters in Newspaper Journalism at Syracuse University and her PhD at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Mass Communication.Dr. Salleh is currently in her senior year at Duke University pursuing a Master’s of Divinity .

Dr. Salleh is the mother of four children. She has been married to her husband, Eric, for 14 years.

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In Response to the Maple Mountain Drill Team…

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Dear Editor,

Recently the drill team at Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork put on a display of racism and white privilege that would make the Washington “Redskins” proud.  I am an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and we do not appreciate the exploitation of our culture by ignorant non-Indians.  The Maple Mountain drill team not only dressed themselves offensively, but dared to mark up their faces in caricature of our traditional dancing.  I assume they attempted to translate their drill team routine into something that might remotely resemble the spiritual expression that the hoop dance is for Native Americans, and they only succeeded in proving that racism is alive and well in Utah.

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Three New Apostles – 1 PoV by 1 PoC

Today’s post is a guest post by Jenntoo.  Jenntoo is an Asian/Pacific Islander American who is interested in migration and gender. Her university education began at a school that was 5% non-white with no Women’s or Ethnic Studies programs, and ended at a radically different school where she learned feminist methodologies and the art of writing abstrusely.

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In the Church newsroom post-Saturday morning conference, Daniel Woodruff KUTV2 News asked the question of the day:  What can you or what will you do as apostles to help the members outside of the Mormon corridor and the United States feel understood and valued as members of the faith?

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“And what’s he then that says I play the villain?”

Today’s post is a guest post by a WoC who wished to publish anonymously.

I remember the first time I saw the world split. A great cosmic spider spun a web of lightning across the sky and it cracked the earth into pieces. I knew it wasn’t real, but I could not stop myself from seeing it. This is my first memory of psychosis, but I know that at the time I was already used to hallucinating. I was four years old which makes me so rare that psychiatrists don’t even have enough data to establish how rare I am.

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The Color of Grief is the Color of My Child

**This guest post comes to us courtesy of Sylvia Cabus. Sylvia Cabus is a Filipina-American who joined the Church at the age of 27, currently teaches RS with a subversive feminist bent, and lives in Washington DC with a patient husband and a son who celebrates both Ramadan and Pioneer Day. She has lived and worked in Africa for 20+ years and has a strong testimony that “Hilarity Never Faileth.”**

The heartbreaking photo of the Syrian toddler lost to the sea is one of the searing images that have entered into the same gallery as the young girl burned by napalm and the hooded figure of Abu Ghraib. It is an image that, for the moment, has galvanized and shocked ordinary citizens into action.

When I look at the photo, my gut wrenches. I have a little boy the same age, who wears the same kind of outfit, whose wonder and energy delight me at every turn, as I’m sure the Syrian boy did for his parents. My little boy even looks Mediterrean, thanks to his Moroccan father.

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HufPost: 6 Questions With A Black Mormon Feminist

Our own Mica McGriggs was interviewed this week by the Huffington Post:

While the LDS church is growing in leaps and bounds outside of the United States, its racial diversity within America hasn’t changed significantly in recent years. The church is still overwhelmingly white. Only 14 percent of American Mormons were non-white in 2007, compared to 15 percent in 2014, according to the Pew Research Center.

As a black Mormon feminist, Mica McGriggs’ experience of her faith has been vastly different from that of her peers. 

She spoke to HuffPost Religion about what it was like to grow up as a black woman in the LDS church. 

Read the entire interview here.

Cultural Appropriation: There is No Right Way to Do It

**Guest post from Jo Overton.
Jo is a 36 year convert to the LDS church, a feminist, a democrat,  and an outspoken woman living in Utah. She is Native American, a wife of 35 years, a mother to 6, a former foster parent, a retired homebirth midwife, a former crunchy granola mom, an Adoptive mother and social worker.**jojo Continue reading