Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Apostle Christofferson's sharp words about feminists changed

Excerpts of Small and Simple Things by Libby at
If you thought you heard the words "Some feminist thinkers view homemaking with outright contempt, arguing it demeans women, and that the relentless demands of raising children are a form of exploitation," during general conference, be reassured: you aren't losing your mind. You did hear them. Elder D. Todd Christofferson said them in the Saturday afternoon session. But when you go to read the talk in the Ensign, the words "feminist thinkers" won't be there.

They've been edited out of the official transcript.

One blogger even noted that the website delayed posting audio and video of the talk for several hours.

In the edited transcript, there's even a clarifying footnote which begins, "It is true that many women over many generations have been exploited or saddled with unfair burdens both in family and employment, but selflessness and sacrifice need not and should not become abusive or exploitative."
For what it's worth, not a single one of the feminists I know views homemaking with contempt (and trust me, I know lots of feminists).