Posts from Blaire Ostler
August 22, 2019
Sometimes transhumanism receives criticisms for being an elitist movement. These criticisms are usually tangled up with issues of sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, racism, and classism—among other human rights goals. Posthumanist philosophers criti...
August 04, 2019
Hello, I’m Blaire, introductions are in order. First of all, I’m no one’s son. I’m someone’s a daughter.You remember me. I’m that girl. They excommunicated my father. They took a patriarch from my mother and her three daughters. I was fourteen. It...
August 03, 2019
* Presented at the Sunstone Summer Symposium on August 3, 2019.Mormon transhumanism needs a catch phrase. Something that grabs your attention and gets stuck in your head like a catchy song. There are some good ones among Mormon Transhumanists such...
July 19, 2019
I don’t expect my church to be true,I expect my church to be honest.I don’t expect my church to be spotless,I expect my church to atone.I don’t expect my church to be correct,I expect my church to be kind.I don’t expect my church to be elite,I exp...
June 07, 2019
Does God exist? According to British philosopher and logical positivist Alfred Jules Ayer, the question itself is nonsense because it lacks empirical verifiability. God defined as a mysterious, intelligible, immaterial, entity outside the scope of...
June 05, 2019
There are many things transhumanists could learn from critical posthumanism. While transhumanism often reinforces anthropocentric ideas of posthumanity, transhumanism need not be limited to an anthropocentric future. I argue transhumanists should ...
May 26, 2019
Purpose:To help children understand that they can follow the example of Jesus Christ and show love for others who are different from them, particularly LGBT people. Materials:Scriptures, colored paper, pencils, scissors, stapler or glue, computer ...
May 17, 2019
*Below is a copy of a presentation given to a tech company looking to be more LGBTQ+ aware and inclusive.I wear a lot of labels, and I’d like to share some of them with you. I’m a philosopher by education and practice. I am also an artist by educa...
May 14, 2019
According to many accounts of Latter-day Saint theology, polygamy, also called celestial marriage, is a necessary mandate for the highest degree of celestial glory. Doctrine and Covenants 131 & 132 tells us that celestial marriage and the cont...
May 12, 2019
I am a child of Gods. I have a queer Mother,and a straight Mother. I have a bi Mother and intersex Mother too.I have two gay Fathers,along with a trans Heavenly Fatherand a trans Heavenly Mother.I have non-binary Parents as well,because we all hav...
April 16, 2019
I remember the first time I met Death. It was a brief and horrifying experience. The second time I met Death was far more alluring. The second time I couldn’t tell if Death was friend or foe. Despite these two interactions with Death I still do no...
April 05, 2019
Dear friends,Within regards to the most recent policy changes, there are some things I’d like you to know.Please know that queer folks have been deeply injured by the Policy of Exclusion (POX) and so far as I’m concerned queer folks can take all t...
February 25, 2019
It’s bittersweet to share that this will be my last Rational Faiths blog post. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Rational Faiths team the last two and half years. It has been a very enlightening journey. I also want to express m...
February 24, 2019
You searched for me, year after year.Search no longer, the veil is sheer.You are not alone. The Mother is here.Take my hand, and let go of your fear. Dry your eyes. Not one more tear.Lay down your sorrow. It’s okay to be queer. Join your sisters a...
February 14, 2019
Heavenly Mother is a cherished doctrine among many Latter-day Saints. Her unique esthetic of feminine deity offers Latter-day Saint women a trajectory for godhood—the ultimate goal of Mormon theology. Though Heavenly Mother offers a uniquely femin...
January 22, 2019
This is not an academic paper about religious Transhumanism. I find myself less interested in discussing religious transhumanism and more interested in doing religious transhumanism. Consider this a sermon written by a religious Transhumanist divi...
January 20, 2019
Dear Bisexuals,Some of you have expressed your concerns to me about possibly being “gay” and not “bi.” The idea of bisexuality being a stop on the way to “gay-town” has been a common way for monosexuals to delegitimize the experiences of bisexuals...
January 06, 2019
Dear Mormon feminists,I’m glad to see so many women happy about the latest changes to the temple endowment. I’m genuinely moved by how things have improved for cisgender, heterosexual, monogamous women. I mean that sincerely. You deserve to celebr...
January 03, 2019
*Below is a copy of my final research paper for 19th Century European Philosophy. Citations are from the 1961 R.H. Hollingdale translation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche describes the Superman, or Overman,...
December 20, 2018
The Mormon Feminist community has been writing poetry and blessings for our dear Gina Colvin as she faces possible excommunication. Below are three poems I wrote for her. Though these poems were written for Gina, these are also for every Mormon wo...
December 19, 2018
He called me to his office. His brow was heavy with concern as he placed clasped hands on an oversized oak desk. Question after question, he searched for what went wrong. How could such a faithful sister from ward council become so misguided? I co...
December 18, 2018
There’s a love deep within my chestI wanted nothing more than to express,but the moment passed.Like castles in the sand,the fantasy washed away with the tide. Yet, love lingers just out of reach—haunting me.You cannot claim naïve innocenceto your ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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....
October 31, 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...
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 as a teen...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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’...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.”  For ...
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 ...
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,...
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 ...
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...
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...
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
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Posts from Blaire Ostler
Transhumanism and Elitism
A Queer Mormon Transhumanist
Heaven is a Place on Earth
God as an Experimental Proposition
A More Posthumanist Transhumanism
Love Wins: Family Home Evening
My Heavenly Mothers
O Death, Where is Thy Sting?
Please Don’t Hit Me Again
Farewell, Rational Faiths
The Mother Made Me Queer
Heavenly Mother: The Mother of all Women
A Transhumanist God
Don't Forget Us
Superhuman: The Superman and Superhumanity
Love Lingers: A Transhumanist Love Poem
You Have a Future
Fight Oppression, Not Oranges
What's in a Name?
God as a Mother
Liberation Through Obedience
For Time and All Eternity
Queer, Mormon, and Transhuman: Part IV
This is Heaven
Why Do You Hate Men?
Stay Safe Out There
Dear Fundamentalist Christians
Mormon and Queer
Finding Unity in Diversity Through Christ
More Than a Statistic
Gatekeeping Trans and Intersex Bodies
Faith, Works, Grace, and Tacos
LGBTQ+ Mormon Inclusion Contact List
Priesthood Ordination and Autonomy
The Future Needs Queerness
From a Logical Point of View
Technology is Nature
A Neurodiverse Future
Feminism Meets Transhumanism
I’m a Mormon Transhumanist
Patriarchy is Abuse
Always and Forever
Gender is Eternal
Year of Polygamy: Queer Polygamy
Honest Lies: a transhumanist love poem
I Know the Church is True
God Runs This Church
A God Who Changes
Mom, I'm Agnostic
The Problem is Patriarchy, Not Polygamy
15 Ways To Be More Inclusive
The Patriarchal Gerontocracy
Unknown Lover: a transhumanist love poem
The Mormon Enthusiast
Passing Out Towels
Comrades in Solidarity
Dear Elder Oaks
Make Love Win
Bring Love to Life: a transhumanist love poem
Queer, Mormon, and Transhuman: Part III