Cookie Cutter Gender Roles

The LDS church believes that women and men have distinct roles and a distinct destiny.  Mormon men are to be breadwinners and mormon women housewives.  Mormon men will become Heavenly Fathers who will govern universes while Mormon women will become Heavenly Mothers to nurture spiritual children.  Although women who choose to be housewives are certainly equal to those who do not, Mormonism imposes a cookie cutter model woman and model man.

Women who choose to be housewives make an honorable choice.  Raising children is a full time job. Women who devote themselves to that are no less than women who devote themselves to the workplace.

My problem with Mormon gender roles lies in that it imposes a cookie cutter model for women and men.  Women are told they have to become housewives.  Men are told they have to be breadwinners.   While there are certain traits that can be characterized as masculine or feminine, ultimately gender is just that: a gender.  Every human being is more than his or her gender.  Each person should determine his or her role in society through their aspirations and by determining how his or her talents can best serve others.

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