Tuesday, April 08, 2014

My Letter to the Salt Lake Tribune



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.




Love, Coco

16 comments:

Madi Dodd White said...

Thanks for sharing coco. I seriously love this.

Linz said...

So awesome. So did it not get published? If so, it should have been.

Anonymous said...

Before you send it into the trib, make sure you check your math. 130/ 6x10^6 is 0.00002. Converting that to a percent would make it: 0.002%.

Anonymous said...

I think you should be careful to make sure that you're also not generalizing to say that the 130 women protesting are the only ones who share their sentiments, or that all Mormon women are exactly on either side of this discussion. Opinions are diverse and rich, just as experiences of faith and Heavenly Father are. They shouldn't have to be limited to two camps, no matter which camp is more plentiful OR more popular.

Anonymous said...

And also be careful assuming that all 6 million women of the church share your stance.

If you take activity rates into account: easily one third to one half of the women of the church don't associate with the church anymore. I have a hard time believing that they would side with you.

CocoShirley said...

Anonymous: thanks so much for the math correction!! You're right that I didn't do move my decimal. #englishmajorproblems ;) too bad .002% still is...well... .002%. I've corrected it.

Anonymous said...

Also, of 15 million members only about 1/3 are active. So, maybe you represent 2 million at most. But, likely fewer since those who support OW are afraid to be public about it.

Anonymous said...

Did you seriously just delete my comment? It wasn't a criticism at all. I was just trying to help you have more accurate statistics.

CocoShirley said...

Nope :) I commented back, Anonymous!

Moss Momma said...

Coco, you have done it again. Just because the minority has been more vocal doesn't mean they are more passionate or right! I love my role as a woman, and feel fortunate to be one every single day!

kiki comin said...

i'm with you! this was perfect..short, sweet and to the point. thanks for putting into words what i feel. ;)

Anonymous said...

I am one of the 6 million strong! I haven't always been active, but have always had a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ! I love this and totally agree with you sister!!!! I see this and more in the future of our church and other denominations as well. More and more peoples agendas are being pushed into the lives of Christians. Stand strong.

DTA said...

Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer in GA said...

Women who believe that ordination for women is something that should happen feel no need to "be like men", either. Have you taken the time to read any of the hundreds of Ordain Women profiles that have been submitted?

CocoShirley said...

Jennifer - I have! They are well done! I have a different understanding of gender and doctrine.

Coco Shirley said...

Also, Anon - if there are 15 million members and 1/3 are inactive that makes 10 million active Mormons...According to your claim that means that 13 million Mormons are supporting this group...I find that hard to believe when they can only get a couple thousand likes on facebook.

Especially with this study: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/10/08/big-majority-of-mormons-oppose-women-in-priesthood-including-women/

If we are going to talk according to this study:
95% of active LDS people do not think women should be ordained.
95% of the 10million you are talking about....is 9,500,000
Plus the 69% of inactive LDS people that do not think women should be ordained.
69% of the 5million you are talking about...is 3,450,000
So just according to this study at least 12,950,000 people are on this side. That is a little more than 2 million people. That is actually 10,950,000 more than 2 million.

Can we also point out how silly it is that all of the points being made are "but what about all the inactive people??? They wouldnt agree with you!"
^ Isn't that your answer right there?!?! I mean, seriously. Look at what we are saying, here. "Maybe active Mormons think that but look at all the people that have left the church! I bet they believe in female ordination"
...yeah. Thank you for completely supporting my point. Exactly.