Depression and Mormon Women Essay examples

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Depression in Mormon Women ‘Molly Mormon' is the perfect woman. She never raises her voice. Her house is always sparkling clean and she excels in every church calling. She's understanding and supportive of her husband and children. In essence, ‘Molly Mormon' is the ideal wife, mother, helpmate, PTA leader, quilter, baker, and casserole maker; she is consistently well-groomed, cheerful and bright (Egan 1). For many Latter Day Saint (LDS) women, the overwhelming pressure to be ‘Molly Mormon' is unbearable. LDS women are likely to develop depression due to the demanding and stressful role of being a Mormon mother in the twenty-first century. The standard answer for LDS women's high depression rate is that they are …show more content…
Dickey explains that the women who experience the severest strain in the harness feel the hymn, "Put Your Shoulder To The Wheel" (Thompson) should be titled, "Push Your Shoulder To The Yolk," even "Haw!" or "Mush!" Women interviewed by Dickey say they've noted that, more and more, LDS men chosen for ward and stake leadership positions are the types who though personable and administratively skilled, are sometimes too narrow in awareness to be mindful of this monotony, even after it has been brought repeatedly to their attention. The lack of observation and sensitivity from males holding leadership positions results in additional plugged emotion outlets for women. "The view never changes for these women, resulting in blocked personal growth," said Dickey. The women harmed by blocked growth often experience further damage by being misunderstood and shunned by well-meaning LDS members. The well-meaning members who have joyful experiences are left unable to comprehend how the same church that benefitted them could damage innocent people, especially since the church is defined as being beneficial for all (Mills Johnson). Deborah Ogden, 48, shared similar feelings of blocked growth during an interview. The conflicting and overpowering desire to be the very best in every aspect of her life and remain subservient to LDS men left Ogden in a pit of despair. She felt as though she was being pushed and

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