The latest issue of Sunstone has an interesting back-and-forth in its Letters to the Editor, involving Margaret Toscano. Have you read it?
A ne’er-do-well from Washington has an achingly familiar critique of Margaret Toscano’s essay on Mother in Heaven, accusing the article of being “a ’70s-vintage feminist whine about male chauvinist ecclesiastical power and the oppression of so-called female intellectuals.” Ms. Toscano, seldom one to back down from a fight, has an interesting answer which I think misses the point of the snarky accuser: namely, that she’s not telling us anything new. This oft-repeated refrain plagues not only church feminists, but all kinds of so-called intellectuals in the Church, including yours truly.
In any event, Ms. Toscano’s reply contains an interesting analysis of Pres. Hinckley’s recent Conference remarks, and asks the intriguing question: “Has any male leader desired a revelation about the Heavenly Mother, or sincerely asked for one?”
I think I’ll save that question for this Sunday in Elder’s Quorum, but it’s worth asking here as well.
N.B. I know that the post at the Evil Blog I link to wasn’t talking about Ms. Toscano, and instead spoke in favorable terms about her article. But the refrains used therein are strikingly similar.