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Pray Tell: I Watch “Sister Wives” For The Daughters, Not The Wives

Pray Tell is The Frisky’s new biweekly column about the intersection of religion and women’s lives. 

The third season of the TLC series “Sister Wives” premiered this week. The show is about the Brown family — Kody, and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn. They have 17 kids, including three from Robyn’s previous marriage. The Browns are members of the Apostolic United Brethren (AUB), an offshoot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS, aka the Mormons). Since the mainstream LDS church agreed to outlaw polygamy in exchange for Utah being granted U.S. statehood, the members who wanted to keep on practicing plural marriage joined groups like AUB. While plural marriage has been around for thousands of years (Jacob marrying both Rachel and Leah, anybody?), the appeal of “Sister Wives” is seeing how the practice works in modern times. Think of it as a real-life version of “Big Love.” Keep reading »

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Girl Barred From Final Exam For Wearing Skinny Jeans

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Rachel Vermillion, a senior at Bringham Brigham Young University in Idaho, was barred from taking a final exam because a male college employee deemed her skinny jeans too tight and not in compliance with the campuses Dress and Grooming Standards. Dress codes are to be expected at a Mormon college. However, Rachel had worn the same outfit all day and had not only taken another exam earlier, but had met with a LDS bishop in regards to congregational business. Rachel said she was told the appropriateness of outfits is judged “at the discretion of the testing center employees.”   Keep reading »

Heavenly Bodies: Gay Porn Or Mormon Fundraiser?

If you thought “Big Love” and Oprah exposed Mormons, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Feast your eyes on “Men On A Mission.” The calendar features muscle-ripped Mormons who have returned home from their two-year proselytizing missions in various corners of the world. While on the journey, the boys are not allowed to read newspapers, listen to music, surf the Internet, watch the boob tube or movies, get crunk, drink alcohol, tea or coffee, smoke ciggies, or get in any kind of missionary position. Plus, they can only call home twice a year, on Christmas and Mother’s Day. Clearly, this has left them plenty of time to pump iron. For the calendar, the boys were offered the chance to strip down and show us what they’ve been working with, and all the calendar proceeds go to a charity of their choice. But are hot, shirtless pics of hunks really what Joseph Smith had in mind? The creator of the calendar, Chad Hardy, defended his baby to the East Valley Tribune:

“It is so PG-rated, it’s hilarious. The gay community, when they buy this calendar, it will be the tamest calendar they’ll ever own. They’re in pants; they’re not in their underwear or showing any pubic hair. And religious art is filled with bare-chested men You see more flesh in the Book of Mormon than you do in our calendar!”

Well, at least Hardy knows his calendar is raising more than funds. Now, where can I get my dirty little hands on a copy of the Book of Mormon? [WOW] Keep reading »

Oprah Has Big Love For Big Hair

This weekend, I posted a how to on my hairdo, the pompadour. But even after seven years of stylin’, I ain’t got nothin’ on these FLDS polygamists. Heck, Peggy Bundy would kill for their kind of poof! Sigh, especially after watching three seasons of Nicki pomp up the volume on “Big Love”, I want the big hair hotness too! And so does Oprah. When the voice of the people went to interview them, O asked the question we all had on our mind: what’s up with the updo?! The girls were sweet enough to let us steal share their secrets of the tease in this informative video — funny, it’s strikingly similar to my method…
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Pole Dancing To Become An Olympic Sport?

Apparently, a bunch of Mormon women in Utah — yes, Mormon women in Utah — are seeking to turn the fine art of pole dancing into a competitive sport at the 2012 Olympics. Typically when one thinks of pole dancing, one thinks of strip clubs, cigarette smoke, alcohol, mirrored walls, Lucite heels, Poison’s “She’s My Cherry Pie,” and thongs stuffed with dollar bills. With these ladies? Not so much. Instead of “pole dancing,” they call their brass pole gymnastics “pole fitness.” “I don’t take my clothes off — at all!” one woman protests. Their high heels, they explain, are for muscle building. “We are some of the safest, most-skilled athletes,” another Olympics contender reveals. Some practitioners are housewives, not Olympic hopefuls, but no matter who you are it sounds like working the pole sheds pounds. Want to sign the petition? It’s here. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

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