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So the LDS church released a video this week about their temple garments, ie the "magic underwear" that popular culture has a weird fixation about. I've seen a fair few links to it in social media but haven't watched it because I have this peculiar secondhand embarrassment about it, because, you know, a church is literally showing its underwear to get people to STFU, but people are still obsessed about it.

See, I'm a nice neopagan girl, and my best friend is Mormon. So of course we periodically have discussions about faith and such, plus events and the like (eg, Todd got up at 4:30am once to greet the dawn with me at a Summer Solstice a few years ago; I went to his son's baptism two years ago). I grew up in the South, where the--the only word for it is "fear" I suppose--the fears of Mormons are laughable, but it was something that was invisible to me until I was friends with one and got to witness some of the ridiculousness first hand. Like, I've observed people say things about Todd out of his earshot, and I've had friends and family of mine anxiously inquire whether he was "one of the good ones" or to be careful lest I get "seduced" into the Church and various other lolworthy comments. And on the flipside, I've also heard a fair bit of speculation about sexual practices and suchlike that have basically ended with me going "Oh my God, don't you get that Todd and Jen are my FRIENDS and asking me what I think they do in private is REALLY FREAKING INAPPROPRIATE?!"

And just--on the one hand I understand sexual speculation because "exotic culture," on the other hand, it's kind of creepy and gross? And, I mean, being a nice pagan girl means that sometimes we do rituals skyclad (in the nude) and there's no cultural obsession about that, and so I feel annoyed that I get a free pass/privilege that my friends are denied.

Anyways, that's me being annoyed by tacky people, so.

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browngirl
Oct. 26th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Your irritation makes sense to me. God, people and our tendency towards weird fucking stereotypes.
caitri
Oct. 26th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
I have had the weird sexual speculation come up multiple times and it's like, "Person, why are you SO comfortable coming to me with these sexual speculations that I cannot imagine you saying about, say, my gay friends, or even my bi friends? Is it because we're talking about a heterosexual couple you're so ridiculously confident in bringing it up? Cos let me tell you, I DON'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE."
matrygg
Oct. 30th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
I find it hilarious that they are asking the pagan for comment about the sex lives of Mormons.

I also honestly think our respective religions are part of why silversunshadow had such a hard time as staff in the College of Ed. First month she was there she was asked what church we attended, she explained, and then suddenly her way of doing the job was never quite good enough. I put up with it to make things easier on her, and then I never saw the boss after she quit before the boss herself left, so I never got a chance to explain what I thought of her management style and prying into personal affairs.
caitri
Oct. 30th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
People are SO freaking weird. And invasive. And exhausting. Basically it makes me glad I live on the Internet, except for when people on the Internet do dumb shit too. :(
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