On my way to looking up other things, I found the current version of the BYU Honor Code online. Under the heading “Live a chaste and virtuous life” are seven items. This is what caught my eye:
The following are examples of inappropriate gender-based behavior or sexual harassment.
Repeated stereotypical gender-based remarks, and
Derogatory or demeaning comments concerning gender
Here are my questions to all you smart people.
1. How is it even possible to talk about gender the way we do in the church without repeatedly using stereotypical gender-based remarks?
2. To what extent is our discourse demeaning?
3. If a person gives a talk in a campus ward about the roles of Mars and Venus on Sunday, does that person need to be on the carpet in the Standards Office on Monday?
4. Is it time to retire the word gender from our discourse altogether?