Have a question for the Exponent community?

any-questionsI have had the opportunity to poll the Exponent community a few times now and I’ve had a lot of fun finding out what Mormon feminists (and the others who visit our site) think about a variety of issues.

Have you ever thought, “I wonder what other Exponent readers think about [fill in the blank].”

Now is your chance to satisfy your curiosity.  We are going to start posting poll questions suggested by our readers about once every month. Just write a comment telling us what you’re wondering about in the comments section.  You may see us post a poll based on your musings.

Don’t worry about perfectly wording your question as a poll question–we can take care of that.  Also, if you want to submit your idea anonymously, go ahead and use “anonymous” as your name instead of your usual moniker.

Can’t wait to see your ideas.  Let’s get those questions answered!

April Young-Bennett
April Young-Bennett
April Young-Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series and host of the Religious Feminism Podcast. Learn more about April at


  1. I’d vote for limited daycare in the temple! I think you’d get a lot more attendance.

    How about whether it’s preferable to hold Sacrament Meeting first or last in the block? We have it last, but I really wish it was first.

  2. I would be interested to know how many women are or have been abused by their husbands and, if so, how their bishops have treated them.

    • Anonymous,

      I think an even more important question would be just how many women are abused by priesthood leaders in general, and why do Bishops stand by and not do anything?

      Furthermore, how can we as ward/ branch members end the bullying we see in our branches and wards?

  3. I’d like to poll whether primary classrooms ought to become dedicated classroom spaces equipped with classroom supplies and materials in order to make the 2 hours of classes more developmentally appropriate.

    Another: If you knew that there was an LDS midwife in your area, would you be more likely to hire her because of a shared religious background?

    And related: If each ward/stake had a sister called to act as a doula to the pregnant and birthing women in the ward, would you accept her services?

    (And for those who answer yes, direct them to Birthing in Zion ( which is a new project collecting the names of LDS birth professionals around the church.

  4. I’d like to know what age Exponent readers were when they learned that Joseph Smith practiced plural marriage, the secretive manner in which he practiced it (hiding it even from Emma) and what effect this had on their testimony, and how they reconciled with it.

  5. I’d like to know what Exponent readers think about:

    1) transgenderism
    2) Judy Dushku’s comments in the NY Times about Mitt Romney running for president

  6. I’ve wondered if regular readers wonder if they are associating with apostate groups by reading this blog. I’m only sort of kidding. I’m pretty sure that is how my SP would see it. The follow up question would be something about how you cope with/rationalize those thoughts/feelings.
    I’ve been reading and commenting for a year and while I don’t always agree, I love this blog, and think it has been a huge help to me as I’ve been a RS teacher.

  7. Hahaha…so, maybe a good question would be “how many readers are open with others members about the websites they read (like this one, or fMh or whatever).” I’m being kind of secretive…

    I actually, very honestly, would like to know how many readers consider themselves fully active, believing Mormons…or however we’d define it. Basically, who feels like despite maybe progressive, feministy, liberal etc. viewpoints, they’re just as strong and faithful a member as the next Saint…? Is this even making sense?

  8. I’m usually a lurker here, but I was really wondering how many Exponent readers’ church going husbands support (or even just understand) their desires to be treated equally in regards to the church.

    • I think you’ve got to define “equal” first. I think many LDS women throughout the world would say they are treated equally so wouldn’t get the question. Even among the regular readership there’s a variety of opinions on that.

  9. I just spoke in sacrament with my hubby last Sunday. I was supposed to go first and he was supposed to go last. I didn’t care. We pulled a “fast-one” on the Bishop and my hubby spoke first and I got the last 15 or so minutes for my talk. Ironically (I seriously didn’t even think about this until this second) my hubby gave a fantastic feministic talk on priesthood. That’ll teach our bishop to give us speaking assignments ever again! 😉

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