Are you a woman? Do you know one?
If you can answer yes to either question, you should consider listening to the latest episode of "shunned". In it, Brenda tells her story inside the FLDS cult, a story of women and what they go through. This is happening right here in the United States. In a world where #metoo represents the pain of so many women, #methree can be used to represent what so many victims of polygamy go through. It's truly harrowing and reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale.
For my ex-JW listeners, you will also see the tactics used to keep all of these people doing what the cult leaders want, tactics that are reflect what was used in Jehovah's Witnesses even if the results weren't as extreme.
At the border of the states of Utah and Arizona lies another world, a community known as Short Creek. A patriarchal world of polygamy with sister wives, where women have few rights, and where certain men have all of the power. This episode is a fascinating look into a world that most will never enter, a world led by a man (Warren Jeffs) that now is serving a life sentence plus twenty years for child sexual assault.
A brave woman named Brenda escaped from this community and gives us a detailed view into the life and feelings of those that live in the cult of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, a Mormon denomination). This is an intense story of being completely captive to a concept and the struggle for freedom by a woman with a big heart that overcame the lack of freedom over her own body and mind.
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I saw that video or one like it some years ago. Those attitudes permeate Mormon culture—even if the “real” ones are the monogamous. A young Mormon woman I know was researching historical documents of early years and discovered the polygamy roots. She hated the low grade bias her daughter faced and saw way too much wired in the religion generally.
out she came -whole family.And she loves her coffee now
Oh yeah, I believe old Joseph Smith was quite the womanizer and polygamist. Although the FLDS is kind of the denomination that is looked down on by the Mormons I can imagine that the attitudes are pervasive.
The above isn't a video, but a podcast, and usually I feature ex-JWs but I like getting to see how other cults do their thing too. We all have a lot we could learn from one another. When you first start leaving the JWs you feel so alone. When you get out you find other ex-JWs and that helps those feelings subside to some degree. Seeing that others go through so much like we did, sometimes more extreme as in this case, but that the tactics used are so similar, helps us to see that we aren't alone even on another level.
Congrats to your friend and her family.
Bump just because I put this out on a morning when probably nobody was looking, and I know there are a few here that like my podcast and might want to listen. I've never bumped before but thought I would this time because I did an earlier release than usual. Hopefully anyone that likes it subscribes and gets it anyway, but you never know. This episode meant so much to the woman that I interviewed, and I've shared it to some Mormon groups that have shown interest, but it's a great human interest story regardless of where you come from.
Dub are you on Insta? I saw this post earlier on there but I haven't checked it out yet. I will have a listen on my way home from work. Keep up the good work!
We truly appreciate your work, and the voice you provide people with!
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@ConfusedandAngry - Yep, I'm everywhere, with the help of my lovely wife too. There are so many places to be. Insta, Facebook,Twitter, Reddit, here, plus all of the emails and messages. It's fun trying to get the good news out there. :)
Hope you don't mind... dubstepped?