Social media is not for the womenfolk!

051313-media_fast-web_The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which we apparently aren’t supposed to call “Mormon” or “LDS” anymore) has urged its women to take a 10-day “fast” from social media. Which I’m sure has nothing to do with the upcoming election.

“What do you notice after taking a break from perspectives of the world that have been wounding your spirit?” he asked, describing the way social media tends to “bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind.” But for some women, the suggestion couldn’t have seemed like a worse, or more tone-deaf, moment. “I don’t know why my prophet felt this was a good time for women in the church to step back,” said Michelle Quist, a Republican candidate for city council in Salt Lake County, Utah. “I know our national dialogue has been caustic … but there’s still a national conversation going on. If we’re not in it, then we can’t influence the conversation for good.”

That is, I suppose, a job for the men. Am I being cynical about the motivations here? I think a 10-day fast from social media would be good for a lot of people, regardless of gender; the idea that it’s just too rough and impure for women is such a weird old sexist idea, and coming as this does just before an election… well, sorry, a bit of cynicism is warranted.

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