Mormon women declare 'Wear Pants to Church Day'
By Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune
Posted: 12/12/2012 08:59:05 AM PST
Updated: 12/12/2012 08:59:35 AM PST
A group of Mormon feminists has declared Dec. 16 "Wear Pants to Church Day."
Female Mormon missionaries are not allowed to wear pants, except on their days off. Some women do wear dressy pants to church, but social convention dictates that most Mormon women don dresses or skirts to their weekly services.
Wear Pants Day is the first act of All Enlist, a group dedicated to gender equality in the Latter-Day Saints church, according to its Facebook page describing it.
"We do not seek to eradicate the differences between women and men, but we do want the LDS Church to acknowledge the similarities," the group's mission statement says. "We believe that much of the cultural, structural, and even doctrinal inequality that persists in the LDS Church today stems from the church's reliance on - and enforcement of - rigid gender roles that bear no relationship to reality."
Already more than 500 people have agreed to make the symbolic gesture.
The group is encouraging those Mormons who already wear pants to church - i.e., men - to show support "by wearing a purple shirt, tie, socks, or ribbon, purple being a color historically associated with the suffrage movement."
"Attending church is about worship and learning to be followers of Jesus Christ," LDS spokesman Scott Trotter said Tuesday in a statement. "Generally church members are encouraged to wear their best clothing as a sign of respect for the Savior, but we don't counsel people beyond that."
LDS Members, what do you think? My sister seems to think it's sacrilege more in the sense that they're making a political statement at church... I remember reading about a feminist movement in the LDS Church back in the 80's years ago- do you think this is just a continuation of that?
Just curious as to people's opinions... I personally can't see WHY this is such a big deal, but it is.