Natalie Brown is a former BCC blogger.
It’s common in conversations among Mormons to hear people ask whether a woman works or is a stay-at-home mother (SAHM). This question may come from a desire to simply understand a person, including their interests and how they spend their time. But Mormons may also ask this question as a proxy to gauge other values, such as liberal or conservative political beliefs, faithfulness, conformity, educational attainment or economic status. The problem with this question, aside from the discomfort it may give the women being judged and labeled, is that the distinction between working and stay-at-home mothers is often a false dichotomy, and these terms are a poor proxy for any values we may see behind them. [Read more…]