Hot Mormon moms calendar causing a stir

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A website called Mormons Exposed has put out a calendar that’s getting quite a lot of attention. It features Mormon moms dressed provocatively – one even in her bra and panties, several in bathing suits, another dressed up as a schoolteacher with her cardigan sweater unbuttoned so her bra is showing, etc. None of the photos are all that provocative by secular standards, but the Mormon church places a high value on modesty. Most Mormons wear special underclothes (known as “the garment” by Mormons and sometimes called “Mormon underwear” by non-Mormons) after their Endowment, which is often part of a Mormon marriage .

According to my Mormon friends it’s not uncomfortable or restrictive, though it can be rather hot. But part of the point is that you have to dress somewhat modestly simply to keep the garment from showing. Women are supposed to wear it even under their bathing suits, though I know a few who don’t. Like I said, not all Mormons wear it – and I think it’s safe to say the women in this calendar certainly don’t.

According to Mormons Exposed, the point of their website – and the calendar – is to be a “vehicle to create dialog and deliberately debunk the subservient stereotypes of women’s roles within the Mormon Church.” Here’s my question though: is it supposed to create a dialog amongst Mormon women? Or to remind the rest of us that women often have a subservient role in Mormon marriages? Or – just as likely – is it to create shock and thus money? Mormons Exposed also has a male equivalent calendar called Men on a Mission Calendar. It’s a bunch of men who have returned from their missions and are all buff as a result.

Some articles aren’t paying close attention to the information that’s given on the Mormons Exposed website, and are incorrectly saying that the calendar is being put out by the Mormon church, which is absolutely not true and would make no sense. Especially considering the website sells a magnet that says, “My Other Wife is a Mormon” and a t-shirt that says “I’m My Own Uncle” – which comes in Brigham Blue.

Q: What makes the Hot Mormon Muffins calendar so unique?
A: Behind the eye-candy, this brand has a deeper story – one that can reshape perceptions, heighten awareness, and perhaps encourage and inspire a broadened acceptance of human and religious diversity. The fact that twelve Mormons mothers appearing in a pin-up calendar has certainly raised eyebrows, it has also helped sort out some common misconceptions about Mormons. The shock value of what these traditionally conservative mothers has done is a powerful progressive step in building a dialogue that encourages people across every belief system and walk of life to defy stereotypes, step out of judgment and embrace tolerance.

[From Mormons Exposed]

The website also notes that the founder, who was raised in an 8th generation Mormon family, was excommunicated from the LDS church as a result of the project. I tend to assume the same will happen with the moms in this calendar. It does bring up some interesting points on Mormonism, but in most religions and cultures you can find examples of women being treated as subservient to men. That said, there are some unique ways in happens in Mormonism. Jon Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith” is a fantastic book that deals with women’s role in the Mormon faith, and even argues that Elizabeth Smart was able to be abducted and held by her captors without running away because as a Mormon girl she was taught to be obedient to men.

Anyway, here’s the calendar. Shocking to most of us, no. Interesting, nonetheless. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .

 

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  1. pixiegirl says:

    Cause making people wear weird undergarments isn’t creepy and cult-like.

  2. buellblaster says:

    Hey…mormon hubby…with 6 more and you can have yourself an 18 month calendar…

  3. Praise St. Angie! says:

    wow, not only are most of these women NOT hot, the pics look like something you’d get at Glamour Shots at the mall.

    very cheap looking.

  4. casey.in.co says:

    you said “moron” instead of mormon. lame. ;)

  5. TwinkleToes says:

    Another great article by Jaybird. The Church of the LDS is no more of a cult than Catholicism or Judaism, the latter which is right up there with Wiccan witchcraft. Candle lighting mo-fos.

  6. Megan says:

    I like the pinup style; they look adorable!

  7. TwinkleToes says:

    That whole Elizabeth Smart thing. I don’t blame her religion, just her not-so-Smart character. She just wasn’t smart but I was so thrilled they found her alive. I prayed for that kid. She was obviously knocked up a few months when they found her and that may have something to do with it.

  8. Felicia says:

    They aren’t hot? I think they look awesome!

  9. Victoria says:

    OK I looked up the underwear and my sister and I call those undies “granny panties”.

  10. Cinderella says:

    These women are amateurs. Where is Marie Osmond!

  11. bros says:

    Im glad they feel comfortable objectifying themselves sexually and trying to challenge stereotypes while being progressive and tolerant.

    I wonder how they found the time to fit this in between agitating to legislate discrimination, morality, intolerance–thus perpetuating homophobic stereotypes about gays and lesbians.

  12. l says:

    FYI: They DO NOT wear them with swimsuits-EVER! (Nor are they SUPPOSED to!)

  13. yeahyeahno says:

    I haven’t been to church in a while but this is bringing back memories of how, um yeah, Mormons are NOT attractive.

    I think I just insulted myself.

  14. TaylorB says:

    Bros wrote: “I wonder how they found the time to fit this in between agitating to legislate discrimination, morality, and perpetuating homophobic stereotypes about gays and lesbians.”

    Thank you. Many, not all, in this group have battled to keep people (government) out of their ‘bedrooms’ regarding polygamy, perhaps they should just hush up about restricting other peoples marital desires.

    I personally don’t care if someone chooses to marry 10 spouses (wives or husbands) as long as the people involved are ALL consenting adults, it is a non-abusive situation, and they are mentally capable of making the decision. If everyone is going into it with their eyes open, their hearts open, respectfully of each other, and by choice it really isn’t anyones business but theirs. Much like gay marriage. Do what makes you happy as long as it doesn’t hurt others, and since marriage is generally a happy event, I doubt that it would.

  15. casey.in.co says:

    @jaybird: sure it was. freudian slip, anyone? JUST kidding. good times…

  16. ☠MeowBea says:

    “vehicle to create dialog and deliberately debunk the subservient stereotypes of women’s roles within the Mormon Church.” OKAY I guess it’s working the “create dialog part” nothing else… :roll:

  17. Cat says:

    @bros: There’s quite a bit of information that points to Scientology, not just Mormorns, as the vehicle behind anti-gay legislation. For example, Mormons were accused of stopping CA’s Prop 8 when Scientologists were helping to fund the cause but letting Mormons take the blame for it.
    Just thought I’d share that, in case you didn’t know. It’s not just them. Sci is also notoriously anti-gay.

  18. Bruce says:

    Lets not forget that our great president Obama has gone public saying that he is a Christian, and that he believes that marriage is a sacred institution between and man and a woman… So why not rip on him too? Leave poor Mormons alone. Its not just Mormons, its all the religions, Christians, Jews, Catholics, Muslims… but everyone loves to point the finger at the Mormons…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6K9dS9wl7U

  19. Peach says:

    I’m sorry, but I missed the part where stripping half naked so men can look at you was NOT subserviant.

    Same brand, different flavor.
    Kudos.

  20. Shannon says:

    I can’t believe I’m coming to the defense of Mormons here, but the mainstream Mormon church does forbid polygamy, and the people who practice polygamy are considered weirdos and get excommunicated as far as I’m aware. The polygamous sects ARE cults in my opinion (and pedophilic incestuous cults at that).

    Not that this in any way excuses the whole gay hate thing they’ve got going on, but they’re not being quite as hypocritical as they would seem if they allowed polygamy.

  21. jess says:

    these women are probably not practicing mormons, if they are mormons at all. it is against religion to show their shoulders, upper thighs etc.

  22. Kiki says:

    I love their outfits. The halloween one is super cute. I don’t think the pictures look cheap though…

  23. Rick says:

    Jess, I believe you have Islam and Mormonism confused. Mormon girls are totally allowed to show their shoulders and upper thighs. I have a couple mormon friends, that are women, and they where tank tops and shorts all the time when we go hiking or play sports. And to that dude that said Mormons aren’t attractive… go to one of their YSA meeting, mad hotties.

  24. Kim says:

    since every mormon girl I ever knew in high school took it up the butt or just gave oral since it wasn’t “real” sex, this isn’t anything out of the norm in my experience with mormon women.

  25. Sumodo1 says:

    Hey, guess what? This is sooooo goyish!

  26. jaundicemachine says:

    Camille Paglia disapproves.

    bros and Cinderella – right?!

    Edited to add: As a young athlete in Kansas, the boyfriend was invited to join a few YSA meetings . . . a frightening ordeal by all accounts, but then again he could have ended up with one of these “hot” and “naughty” hypocrites. A bittersweet scenario. ;)

  27. kristen says:

    The Catholic Church is really the only one who is UNIVERSAL in their behavior and practices. I have been all over ( the U.S.) and have interacted with all different belief systems. No One Commenting in this post is Wrong..No One.. Every region has it’s own system and guidelines depending upon the church itself. If you are a devout follower of a specific sect and you move from Miami, FL to Seattle, WA, you will most likely not attend a service after deciding none of them are right for you. You’d be hard up in finding one that matches what you’re looking for.
    In my opinion, whatever the reason for these hotties might be, they look great. Kuddos all over the place.

  28. teehee says:

    Happy that sexuality doesnt have to be imbibed with shame and thought of as a sin, when we were created just as we are including sexuality.
    It can be misused, yes; and objectifying any person for your own sexual desires is not respectful or healthy for either person, but- we are sexual and shouldnt label a part of ourselves as inherently evil.
    If shame is the only thing that can make people behave more respectfully, then that really is a shame LOL but then it spoils the beauty and innocence of sexuality as an expression of love and acceptance, not condemnation or fear.
    if its given and recieved truly out of love, then it is only good.

  29. Kelly says:

    TwinkleToes – I have NEVER heard that Elizabeth Smart was pregnant when found. Where do you get this info? How clever of you to out her.

  30. Eve says:

    Mormon undergarments are supposed to be warn underneath everything. Why? So they can protect the wearer from fire and other such hazards, of course. Oh, and while women can wear shorts and sleeveless shirts, MARRIED women can only wear shorts/skirts that go down to their knees and shirts that don’t bare too much of their arms.

    Those women in the calender were most likely ex-communicated. So much for “taking a stand” although I don’t know how much of a stand they took taking semi-nude photos for a calendar. The Mormon church allows no female bishops and not many women go on missions, only men. I’d work on the other stuff first before taking photos for a calendar.

  31. Angela says:

    The garment is supposed to be worn at all times except when swimming or working out (because it’d get it all sweaty and that isn’t respectful), but when swimming we are to wear one-piece swimsuits that don’t show cleavage, and when working out we’re supposed to wear knee-length shorts and shirts with sleeves. Jess had it right – we are not to show our upper thighs, shoulders, or midriffs since those are parts of our bodies that the garment covers (which is basically what is covered by a cap-sleeved shirt and knee-length shorts). Before you are endowed and can wear the garment, you are still supposed to dress in clothes that would cover you if you were wearing it. That’s how we define modesty (as far as covering up is concerned).

  32. Angela says:

    The LDS (Mormon) Church is the same worldwide also.
    The rule about sex is abstinence until marriage, and whoever said anal and oral don’t count is totally wrong.

  33. Mitur Binesderti says:

    All religions are fairytales.

    Just as it annoys me when theists misuse the term “theory” as in “Evolution is JUST a theory,” yeah, like gravity is just a theory, it also annoys me when people on my “team” misuse the term cult. Please do some research before calling all religions cults. Sure they are all bat-guano crazy but not all of them are cults by the technical definition of the term.

  34. Airyana says:

    Boy, I love being an LDS (Mormon) woman. It’s like our “cult” is still the modern-day equivalent to the medieval fears and superstitions of witches. Come on people get out of the “dark ages” and get educated…and not by someone’s aunt’s friend that was a Mormon & she said…kind of thing. I’m neither subservient nor anti-”gay” – haha, if you only knew me! – no, not my family or those I go to church with either. Yes, I wear those funny underwear – no diff in theory than my Muslim or Jewish friends…just like attending our respective temples or mosques. It’s a sign of devotion…not of some weird, brain-washing, bow-down-to-my husband kind of gimmick. Lay aside the misinformation and go party with your LDS friends…green jello salad and funeral potatoes aren’t all that bad haha!

  35. Sophia says:

    I’m a 16-yearold girl from Vienna and I’m a mormon.
    I know that those typical “Utah-Mormons” take everything super seriously or they’re like our “catholics”.
    I know that I don’t discriminate people of their sexuality or anything. I know a gay guy who’s like my brother. But there’s another who’s just so over-fake.

    I’m not being discriminated at church because I’m a girl. Actually I think the boys have way more respect for me ;)

    I dress modestly and I don’t have a problem with it. I think with super short clothes you just have problems cuz everyone’s staring and you have to adjust it ALL the time. I know. I see it everyday ;)

    All in all I’m just like everybody else apart from my eternal goal to see our father in heaven again and so I respect some rules in life :)