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Gods in Subjection

Gods in Subjection

Women, Polygamy, and the Eternity of Sex

(p.89) 3 Gods in Subjection
Make Yourselves Gods
Peter Coviello
University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the question of female embodiment in early Mormon theology, reading the writings and life-stories of a handful of early Mormon polygamous wives to ask if women, too, could be understood to inhabit the bodies of embryonic gods.The chapter focuses not on the anti-patriarchality of early Mormon polygamy--it was, from the first, committedly patriarchal--but on what many early Mormon women found to be the ampler, unforeclosed counterpossibilities circulating within it. These were opportunities for sociality and service but also for prophecy, power, and divinization.

Keywords:   feminism, Joseph Smith, Mormon feminism, polygamy, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Zina Diantha Smith Young, Brigham Young

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