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From Housewife to Heretic : One Woman's Spiritual Awakening and Her Excommunication from the Mormon Church. On that note, I found Sonia's book to be a delightful read. It's nice to finally read Mormon literature from a woman's perspective. Although a bit outdated, I felt that I could relate to most of what she wrote (both concerning the Mormon church, and not). She did get a bit out of hand with the "labeling" of ALL men.

From Housewife to Heretic: One woman's spiritual awakening and her excommunication from the Mormon church. A Mormon woman recounts how she was excommunicated from her church because of her support of the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Sonia Ann Johnson (born Sonia Ann Harris; February 27, 1936) is an American feminist . From Housewife to Heretic (Doubleday, 1981).

Sonia Ann Johnson (born Sonia Ann Harris; February 27, 1936) is an American feminist activist and writer. She was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and in the late 1970s was publicly critical of the position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), of which she was a member, against the proposed amendment. She eventually was excommunicated from the church for her activities. She went on to publish several radical feminist books, ran for president in 1984, and become a popular feminist speaker. Telling the Truth (pamphlet, Crossing Press, 1987).

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From housewife to heretic

Such an admirable woman--a wonderful model for those of us who prize our freedom.
My grandmother loved It! It's unsettling how far ideological disagreements have separated Americans.
An amazing story of transition and transformation.
If I could I would give this book 3 ½ stars. Johnson is a decent (albeit verbose) writer, and her story is gripping. Once you pick up the book it is hard to put it down. Though she occasionally tries to explain Mormon colloquialisms and customs in layman's terms for non-Mormons, she writes from a profoundly Mormon experience, and I think it would be hard for a non-Mormon to fully appreciate the cultural subtleties in some of her stories.

Pros: Johnson's writing is illuminating. I was surprised at how something as simple as putting the shoe on the other foot made me consider in a new light traditions I had taken for granted. E.G., What if male missionaries could not baptize the people they converted and had to ask a woman to do the baptizing for them? How would men feel if the Church openly worshipped Heavenly Mother but only rarely spoke of the existence of a Heavenly Father in hushed and demurred tones? How would single men react to the Relief Society patronizing them with a speech assuring them that female leaders knew that some of their hearts yearned to be married and that if they were not fortunate enough to marry and sire children in this life they would have the opportunity in the hereafter, contingent upon their righteousness? Anyone with half a brain would concede that men would not like it one bit! Neither does Johnson; neither do I.

Cons: Johnson suspects sinister motives of most men in and out the Church, but considering the conspiring cabal that worked to excommunicate her, who could blame her? I personally think that most men are simply oblivious to the adverse effects of patriarchy and don't honestly intend to insult women. Many male church members are sincerely trying to comfort a single, 40-year-old woman when they tell her that she will find a soulmate in the afterlife if she doesn't find one on earth. These men don't realize that the reason they are even in the business of "comforting" this woman is that they themselves created a system that allowed (nay, encouraged!) this woman to pin all of her hopes and happiness, all of her dreams and desires, upon being someone else's wife and someone else's mother, rather than becoming a strong individual herself. Furthermore, some of what Johnson describes as her haze of living under patriarchy seems like severe depression. The Church has never embraced psychology, even openly telling its members that if you pray and fast enough God will help you through any trial. This ignorant mentality was even worse in the late 1970s. Clearly, injustice is prevalent in the Mormon Church; however, I think Johnson sometimes blurs the lines between her anger at Mormon injustice and her own mental anguish.

To me, the most disturbing part of the book (besides the cheeky confrontation between a hotheaded Orrin Hatch and a composed, coolheaded Johnson) was the detailed account of the Church organizing lobbying groups and political action committees to campaign against the ERA under direction from current Church President, Gordon Hinckley. The Church has recently engaged in similar tactics in promoting anti-gay marriage legislation, and the secrecy with which the Church organizes is unnerving. While many other churches are aboveboard and openly announce their political involvements, the LDS Church claims to shy away from politics while sneakily orchestrating supposedly "grassroots movements," which it tries to pass off as mere groups of "concerned citizens" banding together.

Overall, a compelling read. I was, however, left with a strong feeling that "the bigger they are, the harder they fall." I think that because Johnson wholly bought into patriarchy as a child and young woman the more disillusioned she became when she exposed its faults.
From Housewife to Heretic is a story that every woman should read. It is about our history, a story that most women are unaware of. Unconsciousness about woman's place in society that leads to global unrest and disrespect is what keeps men and women from communicating and making a better life together. The book was an eye opening experience for me. Women need to become conscious of this stuff to begin to help the rest of the world change from an archaic way of being to a more enlightened world.
Hard to follow writing style, jumps all over the place, confusing and contradictory. Not at all what I expected from someone who is supposed to be a speaker.
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This is an incredible book by an incredibly courageous, brilliant woman who took on a terribly sexist institution. Ms. Johnson's insights into the dynamics of sexism and patriarchy is outstanding -- she is right-on and I agree with this book 100 percent. Women who slam this book are their own worst enemies, and they don't even know it. Thankfully, more and more women are wising up -- in Mormonism, for example, there are more and more exposes like Sonia's being written all the time, and a burgeoning feminist movement made up of Mormon women is alive and well.

I love you, Sonia Sister!
Sonia Johnson (born 1936) is an American feminist activist and writer. She was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and in the late 1970s was publicly critical of the position of the Mormon Church (of which she was a member) against the ERA. She eventually was excommunicated from the church for her activities. She has become a popular feminist speaker, and author of several other books (e.g., Going Out of Our Minds: The Metaphysics of Liberation), The SisterWitch Conspiracy,The Ship That Sailed into the Living Room: Sex and Intimacy Reconsidered,Wildfire: Igniting the She/Volution).

She states, "Why I ever trusted men is quite beyond me." (Pg. 31)

She observes, "From this letter I can see that my feminism was also pushing to be born." (Pg. 58) She suggests, "Perhaps the reason I had not encountered a feminist until ten years into the women's movement and forty-two years into my life was that I was a Mormon---which provides substantial protection from reality." (Pg. 89)

She asserts, "Polygamy is the ultimate depersonalization of woman, even if you are God's wives." (Pg. 241)

She notes, "Since Paul was obviously left in the bleakest ignorance... I choose to go with the Head Man. I am an ardent fan of Jesus. You can have Paul." (Pg. 244) She concludes, "The truth is, I was not SANE until I was a feminist." (Pg. 367)

Obviously a controversial book by a controversial figure, this book is nevertheless fascinating reading for anyone interested in the LDS Church and feminism.