Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mormon Feminists Claim To Want To Protect Women Against Objectification And Sexualization, But Don't Condemn Female Sexual Predation

Mormon feminists are constantly crying about the objectification and sexualization of women in modern society. Yet on the two leading LDS feminist blogs, Feminist Mormon Housewives and The Exponent, I can't recall the last time I've seen condemnation of those female sexual predators who undermine legitimate efforts to protect women against exploitation. In particular, I speak of the growing epidemic of predation against male students by female teachers in our public schools.

The Daily Mail carries yet another story about female predation. On April 18th, 2013, in a story entitled "Two female Long Island teachers pulled from classroom for inappropriate contact with football player and wrestler", the Mail reports that two female Long Island teachers, Donna Newton-McNally, 41, and Melanie Akerberg, 33, who are both married, allegedly carried on with a wrestler and a football player at Sachem High School North. The two are now being investigated by Long Island district officials. The girlfriend of one of the high school students found a suggestive text from a teacher on his phone, after which she alerted the school's principal. As of this post, it has not yet been determined if physical contact occurred.

However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg; the practice of female sexual predation on vulnerable young males is reaching epidemic proportions. Not a week goes by in which there isn't at least one or two similar stories posted on the Daily Mail. On April 17th, the Mail reported that Manhattan Theatre Lab HS teacher Julie Warning, 26, was fired earlier this year over a May 2012 fling with her 18-year-old pupil, Eric Arty. It was not reported if Warning was married. Department of Education officials did not reveal this to the media until April 16th. And also on April 17th, the Daily Mail reported that Jeanine Shimandale, a married 42-year-old woman from Bradenton, Florida, is now facing four counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly plied two boys, aged 13 and 17, with cake-flavored vodka and then had sex with them while three other teens watched. To add insult to injury, Shimandale allegedly threatened to hire a hit man to kill anyone who spoke of what happened between her and the teens.

What the heck is it with all these married woman who find it necessary to stray? Don't they understand that one of the purposes of marriage is to procreate with your spouse, and ONLY WITH YOUR SPOUSE? What's so hard about that to figure out?

Of course, I condemn the same behavior when men engage in it. But feminism isn't about men; it's about women. Yet instead of exposing and condemning female sexual predation as being detrimental to women's welfare and rights, Mormon feminists actually attack LDS officials who propose ways for women and girls to better protect themselves against sexual predation. Case in point: When former LDS Young Women General President Elaine Dalton gave her "Guardians of Virtue" talk back in March 2011, when she specifically said "Young women, in a world ever growing in moral pollution, tolerance of evil, exploitation of women, and distortion of roles, you must stand guard of yourself, your family, and all those with whom you must be guardians of virtue", Feminist Mormon Housewives immediately witch-hunted her, falsely claiming that she was letting young men off the hook, and that she was implying that if young men cannot control themselves, young women are responsible for any consequences that result from sending these sexually explicit text messages to young men. Never mind the fact that Sister Dalton's message was intended to be BENEFICIAL to young women, and that her point was that men and women must be guardians of each other and look out for each other as well.

And in September 2012, Feminist Mormon Housewives also criticized LDS campaigns to promote more female modesty. In response to the Church adding sleeves onto images of adorable young girls and classical angels, FMH complained that is was actually contributing to the sexualization of young girls because, in their opinion, they say that the Church is competing against the "sexy" argument rather than countering it. While it's true that a few Priesthood leaders can obsess with skirt lengths and sleeves from time to time, the objective of modesty campaigns is to convince girls that they don't have to dress like whores to attract worthy males, and that dressing modestly can actually screen out the more lascivious males. Dressing modestly does not require a woman to wrap herself up in a chador like an enchilada. Isn't that what feminists should want?

The fact is, feminists will never stop complaining regardless of what the Church says or does. Feminism is no longer merely a means to an end; it has become an end unto itself replete with a specializd vocabulary and distinctive theology. Men are automatically guilty until they prove themselves innocent, and they can find themselves held guilty all over again without any prior notice. Feminism does not promote female suffrage, but male suffering. For feminism to become credible once again, feminists must be willing to work in partnership with men rather than exclusively in opposition to men. This means condemning female misbehavior which undermines the cause of women. If gun rights is a legitimate topic for FMH to cover, then even more so is female sexual predation.

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