Saturday, April 03, 2010

Elder M. Russell Ballard Decries Destructive Effects Of Pop Culture On Today's Women At The LDS 180th Annual General Conference

The 180th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in full swing in Salt Lake City during the weekend of April 3-4, 2010, and among the many General Authorities delivering inspiring and insightful messages is Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Visit Mormonism-Unveiled for more information regarding conference sessions, times, and broadcast information. KSL Channel 5 news video of Saturday's proceedings embedded below:

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During the Saturday morning session, Elder Ballard spoke about how mother and daughters still play a critical role in helping each other explore their infinite possibilities despite the undermining influences of the world. He opined that a sacred, symbiotic link connects a mother to her daughter. But then, as reported by LDS Church News, he lashed out about the deleterious effects of pop culture on today's women:

"Popular culture today often makes women look silly, inconsequential, mindless and powerless. It objectifies them and disrespects them and then suggests that they are able to leave their mark on mankind only by seduction — easily the most pervasively dangerous message the adversary sends to women about themselves."

One of the most flagrant examples of this problem is personified in an advertisement for a product called "Booty Pop". This product is actually a set of padded panties designed to be a "butt enhancer". Like padded bras, the message being sent to women is that their original equipment is not good enough, and that their only worthwhile role is to seduce men. Here's the video:

No, there's nothing obscene about it, but it has got to be one of the most disgusting, frivolous, shallow, and irrelevant products ever invented. This is the type of nonsense that provides grist for the propaganda mills of feminists. Feminism is inherently divisive, corrosive, and anti-male, blaming men for all the sins of the world, past, present, and future; the Christian Zionist Pastor John Hagee once characterized feminism as "witchcraft", defining witchcraft as the unrighteous control over someone through manipulation or intimidation for the purposes of domination. Feminism can turn women into sour, bitter harridans who traffic in negativity; compare the example of the effervescently optimistic Sarah Palin, who achieved power and influence while retaining her femininity, with the example of Andree McLeod, who became an embittered, obsessed sourpuss.

Elder Ballard hits the nail on the head with his wise counsel. While the LDS Church has grown with the times, having recently compromised on a gay rights ordinance in Salt Lake City, it retains its social conservatism at the very center. Social justice remains a strictly humanitarian issue rather than becoming a political issue as it has in some other churches.

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