The Fix the Family website, founded by a couple of hardcore Catholics, has a handy dandy list of reasons why women should not go to college. The long and short of it: It will send them into the clutches of the devil himself and ruin them for being a dutiful wife and mother. But first they’d like you to know that they’re totally not sexist as they answer your silly little objections:
You believe in oppressing women. False. The Church teaches that husbands and wives are of equal dignity, but with different roles. Almost all of our children will choose to marry. Actually, since the purpose of a college degree is for a job, it becomes unnecessary for our daughters to have such a credential. My personal impression is that the day-to-day grind of a job is below the dignity of women. In a way, it is like being a hired hand, as result of the fall and the penalty for original sin. Of course the Lord and the Popes have raised the dignity of work as a way of husbands living out their vocation and duty. But the penalty for the woman as a result of the fall was pain in childbirth (which requires having babies), not to work. Sending our wives out to work should be a very last resort, a misfortune, so it shouldn’t be part of a plan for young ladies before they even get a start at family life. Keeping a home, being a loving wife, and being a nurturing mother are of immeasurable dignity to a woman and not something to be farmed out to servants. The feminist world has twisted this so that a job (career) appears elevated, and homemaking is denigrated. This is the evil work of Satan and devastating to families.
I especially like that sentence in italics. “Don’t worry your pretty little head over it, darlin’, I’m doing this for you. It’s not because I want to keep you controlled and dependent on me, it’s that I just think so highly of you that I don’t want you to have to go through what I go through.” Riiiiiight. And the terrible arguments are just getting started:
You believe in taking away opportunities for women and trapping them into a subservient role. False. We believe in women making wise prudent choices for themselves. The indoctrination of the feminist culture and the practicing of a sexually promiscuous lifestyle severely cloud, practically blind that good judgment. Getting a college degree often makes a young lady feel an “obligation” to use it, to make money. Often her husband doesn’t want to see it go to “waste.” So the degree is what actually traps her. Not having a degree frees her to enter into a marriage with proper roles in which her husband will provide for her and their children. Christian marriage by definition does place her in a submissive role to her husband, but no one forces anyone to marry anyone. She should go to the altar with full knowledge of what she’s entering into.
Mr. Orwell, call your office. You’re trapped by having any option other than staying at home! Seriously, this is just moronic. And it goes on and on like that. Read the whole thing if you can stomach it. But it sounds to me more like 6 reasons women shouldn’t be Catholic.
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