Preaching the Gospel of Church and Sex : Mormon Women's Fiction in the Young Woman's Journal, 1889-1910
Taysom, Stephen C.
Dimensions of Faith : A Mormon Studies Reader
Salt Lake City
"In 1889, Utah newspapers and periodicals informed readers about the start of a new monthly magazine, the Young Woman's Journal. Initiated and editied by Susa Young Gates, a daughter of Brigham Young, and directed to girls and young, unmarried women in the Latter-day Saint Church, the journal was meant to contain 'the most elevating ideas of the Daughters of Zion.' The YWJ published poems, stories, and articles written overwhelmingly by women. It analyzed 'great' books like Anna Karenina and discussed topics such as women's health, education, clothing, suffrage, and marriage. The YWJ reveals similarities and differences in the experiences and attitudes of Mormon women and women nationally and shows LDS women's efforts to promote their church and sex." [From author's introduction]