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Tabernacles of ClaySexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism$
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Taylor G. Petrey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469656229

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656229.001.0001

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Politics and the Patriarchal Order

Politics and the Patriarchal Order

(p.104) Chapter Three Politics and the Patriarchal Order
Tabernacles of Clay

Taylor G. Petrey

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores how Mormons engaged with the politicization of gender roles in its anti-feminist crusade against the Equal Rights Amendment and its anti-homosexuality efforts in sodomy laws. Church leaders joined with an emergent Religious Right that was reshaping American politics. These efforts warned against gender fluidity and sought to protect against it in the law and culture, especially with respect to women working outside the home. But Church leaders also began to adopt moderate feminist reforms, including softening teachings on patriarchal marriage to accommodate egalitarian relationships, birth control, and more permissive sexuality within marriage.

Keywords:   Equal Rights Amendment, Sodomy laws, Religious Right, Family Values, Patriarchal Marriage, Egalitarian Marriage, Birth Control, Homosexuality, Mormon Feminism

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