Mormonism taught me to believe that my body is not entirely my own. I was taught to remain passively in restraint until my eventual husband could make my body ours. I think that too often Mormon women wait for and rely on their husbands or the births of their children to validate the beauty, divinity and power of their womanhood.

I am continuously seeking to fully realize that my femininity and sexuality are as present and valid as that of the wives and mothers around me. I am learning more and more that simply being a woman is enough to make me a whole person.

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