You should stay LDS because the Church reinforces proper gender roles. We live in a society that is increasingly breaking down the barriers of male and female. On Facebook, you can choose from over 50 different genders. That's messed up! There's only two genders, folks. If you have a penis, you're male. If you have a vagina, you're female. It's pretty simple, really.
In Los Angeles, there's a boy playing with the girl's softball team. That's messed up!
At college, there are people trying to popularize the use of gender neutral pronouns! That's messed up!
What is the end result of the belief that gender has no correlation to body parts? The end result is that the words "mother" and "father" become dirty words. "Parent" is preferable. "Husband" and "wife" become politically incorrect. "Spouse" or "Partner" are preferred.
If we keep trying to accommodate women who think their men and men who think they're women, we'll eventually have to make gender-neutral restrooms. They're already doing this in some places. Basically, anybody can go into a restroom, but everyone has their own private stall. I think that's the way it works, though I've never been in one myself, and I hope I never go in one.
Maybe you don't believe me. Maybe you're thinking, "A gender neutral restroom? That's absurd!" Well, they're doing it at Portland Community College.
And over at the Atheist National Convention, in Salt Lake City of all places, gender neutral restrooms are being advertised.
I have an idea. How about we keep public restrooms the way they already are, separate but equal?
How does the Church reinforce proper gender roles? They put boys in boy clothes and have them do boy stuff, and they put girls in girl clothes and have them do girl stuff. Men get the priesthood, but women don't. Boys work on getting their Eagle Scout. Girls work on getting their Young Women Medallions. Men are expected to get jobs and make money. Women are expected to have babies and bake whole wheat bread. And these are good things! I testify to you, brothers and sisters, that conforming to proper gender roles brings joy, and it's part of God's plan!
I love the Family: A Proclamation to the World. And there's an important part in there. After outlining the various roles and responsibilities of men and women, the Proclamation states, "In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation."
In other words, sometimes Moms need to work outside the home. And that's okay. And sometimes men really like ballet and show-tunes. And that's okay too.
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