Would anyone consider LDS abusive?
Date: November 30, 2006 10:03AM
I suppose it depends on what you consider abusive, but I would say "yes", especially where women are concerned. I am a former member of the Mormon church and I can tell you at best, women are considered the subordinate partners of their husbands. Their role in the church is expected to be that of a homemaker and a mother to as many children as she/they can manage to produce.
A woman can advise her husband, but what he says goes. If the husband is verbally or physically abusive, the wife will be counseled to work harder to please her husband and make whatever changes in herself are necessary to stop causing the husband's abuse. That's right! If your husband hits you, it's your fault. If you cannot or don't want children, you will be considered useless. Careerism for women is seriously discouraged, unless you can balance your career with keeping house, raising kids, and pleasing your husband - but even then you'll be considered to be strange.
In short, unless women like being treated as subhuman, cow - like, baby - making chattel, the Mormon (LDS) church is abusive.