Here's where I step into Creepsville a little bit...
You know those Mormon mission boys who go through neighborhoods, door-to-door, in their pressed white shirts and black pants, ready to tell you about the Book of Mormon? Well, someone made a boy calendar out of them and then got excommunicated.
I don't know what the LDS Church is thinking. They have to know that when they send out pairs of boys at the age of 18, all around the world in neat clothes, wide-eyed and ready to help, that people are going to sexualize them. Personally, they're not my thing (too young). But I've heard from enough gay men to know that what sorts of thoughts go through their heads when they see the boys out there in the street.
Well, anyway, the LDS Church has some strong teachings on modesty. More on that after the jump.
Chad Hardy, who came up with the idea fo the calendar, described modesty as relative and up to individual tastes. He thinks that the Mormon church's decision was best and doesn't hold any hard feelings:
"I felt like I spoke my truth," the 31-year-old entertainment entrepreneur said. "Bottom-line, they still felt the calendar is inappropriate and not the image that the church wants to have."
"Men on a Mission," which has sold nearly 10,000 copies at $14.99 each, included pictures of 12 returned missionaries wearing black slacks, but not their trademark white shirts, in modest poses. The men also were photographed in traditional missionary garb and share their religious beliefs in biographical sketches.
Some of the 12 models have also been called to disciplinary meetings, but none were punished.
"I have no ill feelings toward any of those people," Hardy said of the church council. "They did what they believed was right and I really do feel it was the best decision for both of us."
So I'm going to throw a big ol' non-unique on this excommunication. People are already looking at these boys in this way, so what's the point of covering it up? Sheesh, it's a difference between openly using sexuality to entice converts and doing it while in the closet.
(Images via Queerty)