Patriarchy elephant in the room. Well written Holly Welker!

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing with professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault in 1982, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

Kavanaugh Hearings Are a Commentary on Mormonism

Patriarchy elephant in the room. Well written Holly Welker!


“There are many problems with Hatch’s statement—for one thing, he made no mention of Anita Hill, or how he treated her during those hearings. But I want to focus on the incongruity of Hatch’s outrage that anyone would be asked about their sexual activity or their fondness for beer when it’s a requirement that active Latter-day Saints submit regularly to invasive worthiness interviews covering precisely those types of issues.”

“I strongly suspect that what Hatch, Mormonism’s current elder statesman, finds so objectionable about the Kavanaugh hearing Thursday was that women were allowed to ask questions of a man. That’s not how these things are supposed to work.

Finally, there’s the issue of rape culture within Mormonism. Rape culture refers not merely to how likely men and boys are to rape women and girls but to a whole set of assumptions about who is really responsible for sexual misbehavior (hint: it’s almost always her) and how perpetrators and victims should be treated.”