Today brings yet another piece by Ralph Hancock about Joanna Brooks, this time in the Deseret News (no, I will not support that piece by sending link traffic). I have been profoundly troubled by Hancock’s self-appointed and bitingly personal quest to defame and humiliate Brooks at every opportunity (and then some). I feel pained–as a sister, as a woman, as a Mormon, as a feminist, as someone who, like Brooks, has assumed certain risks in choosing to use my voice to speak publicly on issues that matter deeply to me. Until now, I haven’t felt the strength to really respond to Hancock. My hurt and anger has prevented me from being confident that I could speak out in a way that would be as effective in denouncing Hancock’s behavior as I felt the seriousness of the repeated offenses warranted. Today, the imperative to stand firm and proud with someone I am honored to know, Joanna Brooks, has overcome. I am taking up her suggestion and embarking on a fabulous feminist fundraiser in honor of Ralph Hancock. The more he attacks, the more money goes to the Mormon feminist cause.
I am pledging to donate $20 to the Feminist Mormon Housewives Scholarship Fund for each new piece Hancock writes about Brooks in the next 2 months. As a bonus, I will donate an extra $1 for each time he refers to Brooks by just her first name in said pieces, and $1 for every time he says he will pray for her.
Who will join me?
Additionally, I encourage you to write to Deseret News editors Paul S. Edwards (general edtior), and Aaron Shill (Mormon Times section editor), to express dismay that they would publish a mean-spirited and baseless attack piece against a fellow saint.
 I am very thankful that Lynette of Zelophehad’s Daughters did a tremendous job of dissecting Hancock’s writings about Brooks on the merits. Our own Brad Kramer and Matsby stepped up to the satire plate with some Princess Bride-inspired indignation. And Angela Felsted cut to the heart of the bullying undertones of the collective works.
 I just really hope this doesn’t end up costing me in excess of $10,000, but if he keeps up the pace, it just might. (Unlike Romney, I don’t have that much cash just sitting around for off-the-cuff bets.)