Blaire Ostler

BLAIRE OSTLER {[email protected]} is a philosopher who specializes in queer studies and is a leading voice at the intersection of queer, Mormon, and transhumanist thought. She is the author of Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction (By Common Consent Press, 2021). She is also a board member and podcaster at Sunstone and former CEO and board member at the Mormon Transhumanist Association. Blaire is also an artist and poet and spends her spare time hiking, painting, writing, and bickering with her friends about almost any topic imaginable. Blaire lives in Utah with her husband and their three children.

I Am a Child of Gods

Articles/Essays – Volume 55, No. 1

Dialogue 55.1 (Spring 2022): 99–118
Mormon feminists should consider how to better include intersex, nonbinary, and trans women in their ambitions. Queerness is more than homosexuality.

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Queer Bodies, Queer Technologies, and Queer Policies

Articles/Essays – Volume 54, No. 4

Dialogue 54.4 (Winter 2021): 99–109
Reproductive gender essentialism claims exclude trans persons for their gender identity. However, these same arguments, when taken seriously, also exclude infertile and intersex women too. Such a strict definition of “man” or “woman” does not simply exclude trans folks but also any body not fulfilling its biological utility. After all, biological potential and utility is the basis of a biological sex assignment

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Young Gods

Articles/Essays – Volume 54, No. 3

Slipping off a Sunday dress—hoping you’ll join me and undress.No more dark slacks and white shirts,corruption of innocence tends to hurt.It’s worship too irreverent for pews,forgive my transgression against a holy muse,but, trust me, crisis…

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Hug a Queer Latter-day Saint

Articles/Essays – Volume 53, No. 2

Dialogue 53.2 (Summer 2020): 33–44
“Queer Polygamy,” is an innovating mashup that looks beyond monogamy as the only authorizing type of same-sex relationships—it really pushes the boundaries of what queer scholarship had done. Drawing on contemporary polyamory to critique the limitations of heterosexual monogamy, and putting that into conversation with the LDS tradition of plural marriage, Ostler imagines a new type of polygamy, queer polygamy, that sheds the patriarchal baggage of the 19th century version and its continuation in fundamentalist Mormonism, as well as thinking beyond its presumed heterosexulity.

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Queer Polygamy

Articles/Essays – Volume 52, No. 1

Dialogue 52.1 (Spring 2019): 33–43
Ostler addresses the problems with what she terms the “Standard Model of Polygamy.” She discusses how these problems might be resolved if it is put into a new type of model that she terms “Queer Polygamy.”

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Heavenly Mother: The Mother of All Women

Articles/Essays – Volume 51, No. 4

Dialogue 51.4 (Winter 2018): 171-174
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.

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