A group is asking Mormon women to wear pants to church this Sunday as a sign of support for gender equity. I support the idea of gender equity and I am supportive of this effort, though I don’t know anything about the group that is behind it. It’s causing an uproar of sorts, and some backlash, even though the Church has stated that it does not officially take any position on the question of whether women should wear dresses or pants to church meetings:
“Generally church members are encouraged to wear their best clothing as a sign of respect for the Savior, but we don’t counsel people beyond that.”
-Scott Trotter, Church Spokesman
This is one of those times that the backlash has become a bigger story than the original issue. Apparently, those who are opposed to women wearing pants to church (and apparently there are quite a few people in this category) are escalating the rhetoric beyond any reasonable level. I’m not sure why this would be a hot-button issue for people.
If you are a woman, will you wear pants? Please let me know your thoughts on this issue and if you have an explanation for why some people seem to have such a problem with this.