Episode 54: Lucinda Dalton, Feminist Mormon Pioneer

Written by Lindsay Hansen Park on . Posted in year of polygamy

 

Join Lindsay as she discusses the life of Women’s Exponent writer Lucinda Dalton and the strange case of her posthumous divorce from her polygamist husband.

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  • Noell Hyman

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    Your request for what we want to hear: I love hearing about the personal experiences of these women and men — how polygamy affected their lives, how they managed to live with it (or how they left, if they did). I’m really curious about those who left.

    I’m also really curious about something you’ve alluded to a number of times: how these experiences and circumstances have their influence in Mormon and Utah culture and perspective today. I grew up in the mission field and when I went to BYU I was shocked by the culture of competition between females to win the males over. I also found that I did not want to date the Utah guys, more specifically the SLC guys. I hope this doesn’t offend anyone from there, but my experience with many different SLC guys was that they had a different attitude toward females and dating than guys from anywhere else. So at first I assumed that is what you’re referring to early on in these podcasts. But over the past couple of podcast I realize that you seem to be talking to other things.

    You recently mentioned the LDS view of “the world,” for example, in episode #53. I’ve been far from the church for over a decade, so as I learn about polygamy now, it is not apparent or obvious to me how our history led to today’s beliefs, doctrine, or culture (other than possibly the feeling of the need to compete to win a man over, which may or may not exist). Can you spoon-feed those parallels to us, for those of us who don’t see it on our own, even when you hint at it? TIA! 🙂

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  • Noell Hyman

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    Feeling kind of dumb now — I had paused the episode right away and left my previous comment, and now that that I’ve hit play again, you say that Dalton’s life gives us clues about the modern contemporary church. So if you really dig into that in this episode, I’m sorry to have requested you talk about that. Again. 🙂

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