In this two-part episode, a conversation between Kristine Haglund and host Dan Wotherspoon, Kristine shares insights and distillations from various sources and her own thinking about “anger” and ways to understand and better utilize its energy, especially within Mormonism. In her presentation, she picks up the term, “Good and Mad” from Rebecca Traister’s recent book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, and applies it as an aspirational ideal within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—Ways we might learn to be both angry (and harness its power) and good (operate within acceptable discourse and behavioral standards). Whereas there is no setting in today’s very top-down hierarchal structure in which anger can be well-received, regardless of our sex, we can, however, learn how to effectively channel our strong senses of “This is not right” or “No God I can ever believe in would countenance this sort of behavior (or teaching)” into forms that can lead to interpersonal as well as organizational changes.
This is a terrific listen containing many powerful insights. Part 1 offers a wide framing of the topic, and Part 2 introduces and discusses Kristine’s ten different principles for helping us better comprehend our own and others’ anger, and to then make sure its energies don’t go to waste as easily as they often do in this day of social media and its unfortunate stock-in-trade: outrage, and then outrage about what’s the proper amount of outrage, ad infinitum.
Kristine originally presented some of the ideas within this episode at the Utah Valley University Mormon Studies Conference, “Women of Mormondom,” held March 7–8, 2019. Audio/video of the conference’s sessions is forthcoming very soon.
“A Celebration of Dan Wotherspoon and Mormon Matters,” Interview (live) sponsored by Mormon Stories and Wathers of Mormon (Facebook group), Sunday, 24 March, 3301 E Louise Ave, Salt Lake City (National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers building)
Rebbeca Traister, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger (2018)https://www.facebook.com/events/1015895395464570/
Charles Duhigg, “The Real Roots of American Rage,” The Atlantic, January/February 2019
Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism,” a 1981 speech shared on the Blackpast blog, 12 August, 2012
See also Audre Lorde’s book, Sister Outsider
David Foster Wallace, “This Is Water“