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Just like Ken when he found books on patriarchy at the library and was introduced to the idea, this was my first time exploring the concept as an adult woman. I googled phrases like "Is patriarchy a bad thing?". As both Ken and I embarked on our respective journeys to learn about patriarchy, he became more and more excited and I became more and more ill at ease. My entire life I'd only heard variables of the word "patriarchy" in positive contexts - patriarchal blessings, patriarch of the home, stake patriarch, the patriarchal grip. Nobody had ever suggested it wasn't the best way to live life to me until I started reading an entire internet full of reasons why it might not be.
So the next time you hear an LDS woman saying she's so grateful to *not* hold the priesthood and worry about the responsibilities that the men have, take a moment and remember those very capable Barbies embracing Ken's patriarchal system and expressing their own gratitude for not having to do their old jobs anymore. It's remarkably similar. I think the Barbie movie hit reality right on the head for the LDS church.
I want to dive into the land of Ken-dom and Mojo, Dojo, Casa Houses. What would General Conference sound like in the world of this totally fictional patriarchy? The Barbie movie is such a fun romp that this should be a good time.
My twin daughters turned 12 years old at the end of October. Under the previous way of doing things in the Youth program this...