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Letter: Trib portrays LDS women in false light

Published November 2, 2013 1:01 am
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I have followed The Salt Lake Tribune's coverage of the recent protests by Ordain Women ("Mormon women shut out of all-male priesthood meeting," Tribune, Oct. 5) and have been distressed by the lack of voice given to the 6 million LDS women who don't agree with their stance.

We are not just a church of unsatisfied middle-class white women from Utah. The 130 protesting women the media have portrayed as the face of LDS women make up exactly .00002 percent of us.

Growing up in suburban Chicago, I have had years of being marginalized as the weird Mormon girl who has horns, seven moms and doesn't believe in running water.

I was startled that a newspaper that has had abundant exposure to the LDS Church would make such an ignorant move as to promote a false and shallow image of an international group of 6 million diverse women.

Strong and faithful LDS women know the immense depth and richness of their lives. We love our womanhood.

We understand that to be a woman is to be powerful and influential. There are 6 million of us who don't believe that we have to be like men in order to be of worth. I know that's not as edgy — the truth rarely is.

Courtney Hatch





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