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Episode #16

Lindsay Hansen- Park

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Top Polygamy Historian & the Truth about Utah & Polygamy


Equal Rights Advocate and creator of the popular podcast show, Year of Polygamy, Lindsay Hansen opens up to us in this show to tell us why she is so fascinated with the practice of polygamy.  Lindsay is a women’s rights activist, a feminist blogger, and an advocate against gender violence. She co-founded Utah For Congo to raise awareness for post-rape survivors and is currently heavily involved in the Mormon Feminist movement. Lindsay is the Assistant Director of the Sunstone Education Foundation and the founder of the Feminist Mormon Housewives Podcast. She blogs for about women’s issues. Her work has been referenced by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Quartz Magazine, and many other Utah publications.



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Show Notes:

  • Introduction [1:24]

  • Background on Lindsay and starting her first podcasts  [3:50]

  • The backlash Lindsay has gotten for starting each of her podcasts [4:15]

  • Why Lindsay became fascinated with the practice of polygamy [5:45]

  • Lindsay explains the women's role in polygamy [7:10]

  • Talking about how Lindsay used blogging to gain traction to her podcast [8:55]

  • Why polygamist have such a bad stigma in Utah [9:40]

  • No one was telling the full story on polygamy [12:18]

  • Unexpected confrontation with a member of a polygamist group [13:18]

  • Number of Polygamist in the State of Utah [14:26]

  • Showing empathy to each group and hearing out their story [15:20]

  • LDS Church ends practice of Polygamy [16:38]

  • How and where polygamist groups started to form [17:26]

  • More details can be found on Lindsays Podcast "Year of Polygamy" [17:45]

  • Arizona Government raid city full of polygamist [19:06]

  • Polygamist Leaders brainwash members to think everyone is against them [20:00]

  • How they get around breaking the law [22:35]

  • Comparing Hugh Hefner to Polygamist [23:50]

  • Are polygamist women happy or not? [26:08]

  • Polyamory in explanation and the outlook [27:47]

  • Sunstone Education Foundation [30:10]

  • Sources to learn more about Polygamy [31:30]

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