by Peggy Fletcher Stack
It is a well-known rule among women who are actively trying to change the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from being led by those called of God, to a church led by those who know better than God – progressive women, either of color OR of the Salt Lake Tribune editorial staff:
Your appearance isn’t responsible for feelings stirred up in others.
This is especially useful when talking about modesty policies in the church. It doesn’t really matter if a woman chooses to wear a floor-length long-sleeved pioneer dress or a small pair of briefs and two pieces of tape – ALL WOMEN ARE MADE BEAUTIFUL, and men are responsible for their thoughts, urges, and desires – NOT WOMEN.
Unfortunately, even though we know better about everything, we (probably a well-meaning BYU-I feminist who hasn’t learned all our ways yet) made a slight oversight: the same rule could be applied to Brigham Young.
Even though his statues, paintings, and even his printed name cause severe mental anguish, depression, and despair – apparently, his appearance isn’t responsible for stirring up these feelings.
We ask for just a little more patience from those who suffer uncontrollable urges from the mere sight of the prophet Brigham Young… we are working on a justification for this double-standard right now. Thank you!