Posts from Blaire Ostler

Liberation Through Obedience

by Blaire Ostler

December 05, 2018

You might find yourself scoffing at the title of this post, but hear me out. For me, obedience in my religion is quite liberating, especially as a woman. Here’s why.God gave us the greatest commandment through Jesus Christ. The greatest commandmen...


You Have a Future

by Blaire Ostler

December 01, 2018

*Below is a copy of a workshop I led at Encircle’s Ignite LGBTQ+ Youth Summit. Feel free to use, change, adapt, or copy for any queer youth projects/presentations.One of the things I love most about the queer community is that we are writing our o...


Capturing Love

by Blaire Ostler

November 30, 2018

I got my first Digital SLR camera 10 years ago, just a few months after our first child was born. I didn’t know such happiness existed until I became a mother. The reality of impermanence became strikingly evident as I watched my child change befo...


Fight Oppression, Not Oranges

by Blaire Ostler

November 20, 2018

Of all the controversial topics I write about, the topic I get the most resistance to is not queer issues, but plural marriage. Generally, Mormon feminists don’t like plural marriage. That might be a bit of an understatement. There have been blog ...


What's in a Name?

by Blaire Ostler

November 16, 2018

I recently attended the “What’s in a Name?” panel discussion hosted by Utah Valley University’s Mormon Studies Department. During the Q&A section, I asked a question concerning the risk of queer Mormon identity labels being erased after Presid...


God as a Mother

by Blaire Ostler

November 15, 2018

Dear Heavenly Mother, Today, two of my children fought. As one physically injured the other, my primitive instincts kicked in to protect the injured child with any force necessary. However, before I could even move, I saw the face of the offender....


Queer Abuse

by Blaire Ostler

October 26, 2018

The Church released their new “Abuse Help” website and from what I have read I am impressed. It seems, thoughtful, helpful, and sincere. This would have been something I would have liked to see when I was assaulted by a priesthood holder when I wa...


For Time and All Eternity

by Blaire Ostler

October 22, 2018

I love my Latter-day Saint family and friends, immensely. I love our common theology, Mormonism. Not only that, I believe it. I want to build Zion with them. I want celestial glory as an eternal family with them. I want to participate in theosis w...


Dear Millennials

by Blaire Ostler

October 18, 2018

Dear Millennials,Our generation is technologically connected in ways our parents never imagined. Social media allows us to hear what’s happening around the world in a matter of seconds. We watch videos of cops shooting black men only moments after...


Queer, Mormon, and Transhuman: Part IV

by Blaire Ostler

October 15, 2018

I’ve received a bit of feedback from peers about my work not being relevant enough to transhumanism and that I focus more on the “queer” and “Mormon” than “transhumanism.” A casual reading of my work might understandably lead someone to this concl...


This is Heaven

by Blaire Ostler

October 10, 2018

William: You know how I was dead when I was a baby and then the doctors brought me back to life?Me: Yes. It was very scary. William: Well, if I died and now I’m alive this is heaven right now.Me: Huh. I never thought of it that way.William: But wh...


Why Do You Hate Men?

by Blaire Ostler

October 01, 2018

He asked me, “Why do you hate men?”The question took me off guard. I scanned through my mental rolodex of people I love. Many of the closest people in my life are men. My best friend is a man. I am raising two men whom I would live and die for. I’...


Stay Safe Out There

by Blaire Ostler

September 29, 2018

I compiled a list of 20 preventative measures for men who have expressed their concerns about being falsely accused of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct.1. Don’t put yourself in compromising situations.2. Stay alert and...


Concerning God

by Blaire Ostler

September 26, 2018

*This post is an extension of a previous post, Concerning Theism. I will begin by acknowledging that the God I will describe to you is not an esthetic of God regularly discussed in common LDS settings. We tote around these ideas without fully embr...


Dear Fundamentalist Christians

by Blaire Ostler

September 22, 2018

Dear Fundamentalist Christians,We don’t know each other very well, but you have been saying some bizarrely inaccurate things about two organizations I belong to: the Mormon Transhumanist Association and the Christian Transhumanist Association. I r...


Mormon and Queer

by Blaire Ostler

September 21, 2018

*This is a copy of my profile for Faces of Affirmation.  Hello. I’m Blaire Ostler. I’m a born and raised Mormon. I come from nine generations of Mormon pioneers. I often joke that if there is a Mormon gene, I have it. I’m also a gender variant, se...


Concerning Theism

by Blaire Ostler

September 20, 2018

I’ve recently been asked by several friends about my conception of the divine, and how I maintain my faith in God as a theist, philosopher, and intellectual. Many of my Mormon friends who experience a faith crisis or faith transition often turn to...


Finding Unity in Diversity Through Christ

by Blaire Ostler

September 12, 2018

*This is the text of a talk I gave at the Provo Pride Interfaith Night at the Provo Community Congregational United Church of Christ. One of my favorite examples of finding unity in diversity is through Christ.The word Christ comes from the Greek ...


More Than a Statistic

by Blaire Ostler

September 11, 2018

I’ll begin by acknowledging this post might be too much, too intimate, too real, too vulnerable. I have learned genuine intimacy and vulnerability can leave people uncomfortable or frightened. Honesty, genuine honesty, isn’t always wanted. Even so...


Gatekeeping Trans and Intersex Bodies

by Blaire Ostler

September 05, 2018

Trans and intersex bodies have been the battleground of gender essentialist gatekeeping. Our bodies have been questioned, scrutinized, examined, dissected, and cut while being met with skepticism, fear, and even hatred. The gatekeepers have assign...


Faith, Works, Grace, and Tacos

by Blaire Ostler

August 25, 2018

In my work at the Mormon Transhumanist Association, I am often asked, “Where does faith fit into Mormon Transhumanism? Are religious transhumanists just faithless, closeted-atheists with no trust in God? What about grace? Are faith and grace relic...


Theological Maturity

by Blaire Ostler

August 23, 2018

Many of my fellow Mormons have become complacent in theological certainty, and apathetic to theological responsibility. Many sit in pews awaiting revelation they have not actively sought for. I see theological immaturity, arrogance, and ignorance,...


LGBTQ+ Mormon Inclusion Contact List

by Blaire Ostler

August 09, 2018

The idea of “allyship” has been weighing on my mind lately.Several months ago, I posted an article about “15 Ways To Be More Inclusive.” In it I gave 15 suggestions on how every-day, active LDS Mormons can be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ folks. I’m pl...


Healing

by Blaire Ostler

August 03, 2018

I’m restless with feelings I can’t keep—with dreams that won’t let me sleep.I need your kind of healing.Come and save me from all I’m feeling.My mind won’t stop reelin’.It makes me feel like screamin’.Clear this menace from my head,in the safety o...


Priesthood Ordination and Autonomy

by Blaire Ostler

June 26, 2018

Dear President Nelson,My son, William, recently turned eight. His baptism was scheduled for this week, but his baptism has been postponed indefinitely. Once again, it has become a matter of priesthood logistics that has put a strain on our family....


The Future Needs Queerness

by Blaire Ostler

June 03, 2018

*Copy of speech given at the Annual Affirmation Donor Dinner.Last night I got a call from a friend who works in artificial intelligence development. His team was preparing to make a sizable financial commitment to a project they had been developin...


From a Logical Point of View

by Blaire Ostler

June 01, 2018

*Transcript of an interview done for From a Logical Point of View by Tarik D. LaCour.Tarik D. LaCour: Normally for my Friday Traditio’s I share an interview or debate from a famous philosopher/scientist/ public intellectual, etc. But today I wante...


She Lives

by Blaire Ostler

May 15, 2018

Imagine what it would be like to hear as much about Heavenly Mother as we do Heavenly Father. Imagine if we spoke of Her as often as we do of Him. Imagine if we worshiped Her as vocally and immersively as we do Him. Imagine if the King Follett ser...


Technology is Nature

by Blaire Ostler

May 12, 2018

Technology is an essential and natural part of human evolution. That may seem like a controversial statement so allow me to expand. Technology, broadly defined, is a tool or application of knowledge to serve a practical purpose. Some might recoil ...


A Neurodiverse Future

by Blaire Ostler

April 26, 2018

*This is a copy of a research paper for my Philosophy of Education class. The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the necessity of accepting neurodiversity as an important aspect of education and human evolution.  PROLOGUEI write this paper as...


Feminism Meets Transhumanism

by Blaire Ostler

April 25, 2018

There is much that feminism can learn from Transhumanism, and much Transhumanism can learn from feminism. Today, I have a lofty goal to convert all feminists to adopt transhumanism, and all transhumanists to adopt feminism, AND I have 15 minutes t...


I’m a Mormon Transhumanist

by Blaire Ostler

April 17, 2018

Hi, I’m Blaire. I’m a Mormon Transhumanist. It has been brought to my attention that some of you may not know what this means. For me, this means I think we should use science and technology to fulfill prophecies which improve humanity as the body...


Patriarchy is Abuse

by Blaire Ostler

March 24, 2018

This is a post I’ve been avoiding and was hoping not to write. Yet, I feel compelled to write. There has been so much sexual abuse in my own family that I fear addressing the topic might be too painful. I’m still getting professional help to proce...


Always and Forever

by Blaire Ostler

March 21, 2018

My love may seem mad, a little insane,but honestly, you’re the one to blame.Your love is a drug. I need it to be tame.I’m a user for life—no plans to abstain.I let down my guard with triple sec in my veins.I’ll breathe with you through these growi...


Gender is Eternal

by Blaire Ostler

March 20, 2018

They say, “Gender is eternal,” at least that’s what is suggested in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. The actual text reads, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” [1] For ...


Year of Polygamy: Queer Polygamy

by Blaire Ostler

March 08, 2018

A podcast in which Lindsay Hansen Park and I discuss a controversial perspective of polygamy. I call it “queer polygamy.”While listening to this you may find yourself being stretched outside your comfort zone, but hopefully in the process we will ...


Honest Lies: a transhumanist love poem

by Blaire Ostler

March 07, 2018

Tell me sweet lies, if you please,the ones that bring me to my knees.I’ll trade a brutal truth for honest lies.Make them so real, I can’t deny.Tell me the lies I need to hear,the ones that overpower death and fear.I need the stories that you tell,...


I Know the Church is True

by Blaire Ostler

February 28, 2018

Yesterday, I posted this to my Facebook wall:Every time I hear someone say “I know the Church is true” my internal alarm goes off saying: What do those words even mean? What is it you know? How do you know it? Why do you think you know it? Why is ...


Intersubjective Reality

by Blaire Ostler

February 26, 2018

Past models of scientific inquiry and objective reality relied on the individual as a sufficient, independent agent of episteme. In this model, objectivity is an absolute, omnipotent third-party who a single individual could come to “know” with co...


God Runs This Church

by Blaire Ostler

February 20, 2018

“God runs this church!”It’s as if these words are the final say in any disagreement about church policy or leadership. No matter the issue, if you have a problem, well tough, “God runs this church!” All thinking, deliberation, and dialogue must ce...


A God Who Changes

by Blaire Ostler

February 16, 2018

A podcast in which the lovely Gina Colvin and I discuss process philosophy in relation to Mormon theology, including post-feminist theory and transhumanism.*Published at A Thoughtful Faith on Friday, February 16, 2018


Concerning Love

by Blaire Ostler

February 14, 2018

Philosophers, by definition, are lovers. The prefix philo means loving, while sophia means knowledge or wisdom. Combined, philosophy is the love of knowledge. To be a philosopher is to love the pursuit of wisdom. As a theist, God is the prime exam...


Mom, I'm Agnostic

by Blaire Ostler

February 11, 2018

It was an average Sunday morning when I casually asked, “Does anyone want to go to church with me?”Our attendance had been on a slow decline the last year, and I didn’t expect anyone leaping at the opportunity. Preston was the only one to respond,...


The Problem is Patriarchy, Not Polygamy

by Blaire Ostler

February 05, 2018

If you think patriarchy is a problem, I’m with you. Let’s dismantle patriarchy. But keep in mind that polygamy is just a modality of patriarchy, not patriarchy itself.If you don’t like inequitable sealing practices, I’m with you. Let’s allow multi...


15 Ways To Be More Inclusive

by Blaire Ostler

January 18, 2018

A dear friend of mine was recently called to her Stake Young Women presidency. She asked for my suggestions on how she and other leaders could be more inclusive of Young Women and LGBTQ+ youth. With the help of some of my peers and friends, I comp...


The Patriarchal Gerontocracy

by Blaire Ostler

January 15, 2018

Tomorrow morning President Russell M. Nelson will announce his presidency during a live broadcast. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about his upcoming announcement or tenure. I’m also not interested in personally condemning him. I don’t e...


Unknown Lover: a transhumanist love poem

by Blaire Ostler

January 09, 2018

Not a lover that lies in my bed,but you lie in my head, instead,touching my dreams with crimson and red,but I’ll take this beating ‘til the day I’m dead.I’m sorry if you felt mislead,but my sincerity is as real as the blood I bled.I wasn’t careles...


The Mormon Enthusiast

by Blaire Ostler

December 19, 2017

Something funny happened. Someone mistook me for a Mormon apologist, so I thought I’d clarify myself here. I’m not a Mormon apologist. I’m a Mormon enthusiast. A Mormon enthusiast is one who is highly interested in, motivated by, and invested in M...


Passing Out Towels

by Blaire Ostler

December 15, 2017

Yesterday, the LDS Church announced the following changes concerning youth involvement in temple rituals:“Young women (ages 12-18) with a limited-use temple recommend may assist with baptistry assignments currently performed by sister temple ordin...


Comrades in Solidarity

by Blaire Ostler

December 11, 2017

The feminist movement, according to hooks, aims to end sexist oppression by overcoming “imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy.” While the feminist movement may be commonly perceived as a men verses women dichotomy, bell hooks suggest...


Useful Fiction

by Blaire Ostler

October 18, 2017

The interesting part of the parable is that the “crobes” were a fictionalism. Though the “crobes” didn’t actually exist, they served a useful purpose in preventative medicine. Philosophers and scientists of the day expressed anxiety over the contr...


Dear Elder Oaks

by Blaire Ostler

October 03, 2017

Dear Elder Oaks,You don’t know me. We’ve never met, but I’ve listened to you speak from the pulpit since I was a child. You’ll likely never read this, but I feel compelled to express myself anyway. You see, something sad happened a couple months a...


Make Love Win

by Blaire Ostler

September 26, 2017

*Watch the presentation here.Hello, everyone. I have been assigned the task of sharing my experience as a pansexual woman with you. This is somewhat of a challenge for me—I often have difficulty expressing my experiences and emotions. For me, it’s...


Bring Love to Life: a transhumanist love poem

by Blaire Ostler

September 06, 2017

Stripped to a state of honesty,I told you my secrets and fears.You showed me hope,and told me I was worthy.For some reason, I believed you.You were my exorcism,banishing villains from my head.When you said my nameyou summoned me to warmth.Your gaz...


Queer, Mormon, and Transhuman: Part III

by Blaire Ostler

August 25, 2017

Two of the most attractive aspects of Transhumanism to me are morphological freedom and cognitive liberty. Morphological freedom refers to the civil rights each person has—to maintain or modify their own body according to their autonomy by the use...