Back in October, there was A LOT of coverage of a group called Ordain Women in The Salt Lake Tribune because of the protest they decided to hold during one of the meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or LDS church). Anybody who talked to me in that period of time got an earful haha. I wrote a letter to the editor of the SL Tribune back then in hopes of giving a voice to the majority of women that were given no representation at that time. Things have changed and developed since that time, and this time around their coverage has been better. But because of the relevance of this topic currently, I thought I would at least publish it somewhere.
Letters to the editor have to be 200 words or less. I can't even count how many 5,000 word drafts I had to cut down in order to make these 200 words work haha.
So here it is, 6 months later:
I have followed The Salt Lake Tribune’s coverage of the recent protests by Ordain Women and have been distressed by the lack of voice given to the 6 million LDS women that don’t agree with their stance. We are not just a church of unsatisfied middle-class white women from Utah. The 130 protesting women that the media has portrayed as the face of LDS women make up exactly .002% of us. Growing up in suburban Chicago, I have had years of being marginalized as the weird Mormon girl that has horns, seven moms, and doesn’t believe in running water. I was startled that a newspaper that has had abundant exposure to the LDS church would make such an ignorant move as to promote a false and shallow image of an international group of 6 million diverse women. Strong and faithful LDS women know the immense depth and richness of their lives. We love our womanhood. We understand that to be a woman is to be powerful and influential. There are 6 million of us that don’t believe that we have to be like men in order to be of worth. I know that’s not as edgy—the truth rarely is.