Catholic Site Explains Why Women Shouldn’t Go to College

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.

12 comments on this post.
  1. Ace of Sevens:

    I found ti weird that they seem to assume only liberals are going to object to this idea. The classic reason women went to college is it made them better wives. They were better able to run the household and more interesting to educated husbands. Successful Catholic men like Bobby Jindal don’t marry women with just a high school education. Also, he seemed to think that nuns don’t need college, which is against all experiences with nuns I’ve had.

  2. alanb:

    Many years ago when I worked on staff at U of Penn I was walking around the student union and passed by the Islamic Student Association office. They had some pamphlets in the hall, one of which was something like Why you are wrong when you think that Islam is a misogynist religion. It said pretty much the same as this, except that it actually had the line, “Women are the weaker sex and therefore need to be protected by men.”

    Sending our wives out to work should be a very last resort, a misfortune…

    Such things as husbands becoming disabled or dying or running off with their secretaries or getting drunk and beating the shit out of their wives are so rare that they don’t need to worry about that as a possibility

  3. freehand:

    Yes, yes! The plan is working. First all the ethnic minorities, then the scientists, the gays, the atheists. Now all the smart women who aren’t already in one of those categories will come over to the dark side!

    Bwahahahahaha!

    Plus, we have cookies.

  4. Modusoperandi:

    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.

    Hands up any two-parent/both working households with servants

    Ace of Sevens “Also, he seemed to think that nuns don’t need college…”
    Everybody knows that nun colleges are all party schools.

  5. bahrfeldt:

    Women should not go to college for the same reason that women cannot be priests, because Jesus only chose men to be his apostles. And since Jesus only chose Irish, Italian and Latin American men to be his apostles, all Irish, Italian and Latin American men are his apostles, just like here in Brooklyn.

  6. meg:

    @Ace of Sevens

    Was thinking the same thing – I’ve known a few nuns in my time who would whack these guys senseless for this. A (Catholic) friend of mine calls them the original feminists. She says she knows many older nuns who joined to have a career and independence from men.

  7. John Pieret:

    Actually, since the purpose of a college degree is for a job, it becomes unnecessary for our daughters to have such a credential.

    In fairness, the Jesuits who ran the college I attended (and many other Catholic universities in the US) would spit on that.

    Their attitude was that college was for education and any effect it had on your subsequent earning capacity was only secondary, at best.

    For all their bad reputation, the Jebbies I knew valued learning, including that which conflicted with Church dogma, above all and were not afraid to pass it along to their students.

    The moron who wrote this wouldn’t last 5 minutes with the Jesuits working him over.

  8. bobcarroll:

    Right, John @7. My (then) wife and I both earned Ph.D. degrees at Fordham University, a Jesuit institution.
    As it happened both of our mentors were Jesuits. There was no hint of any anti-feminine discrimination there. This was a long time ago, in the 1960s, but I would be incredibly surprised if the Jesuits had changed since then. And the Jesuits are not known to be a liberal institution. They do, however, value human, not just masculine, intelligence.

  9. caseloweraz:

    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 “American School Search” Web site lists 261 Roman Catholic schools and universities in America. To list just the ones I’ve heard of, the colleges include:

    * Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
    * DePaul University, Chicago, IL
    * Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
    * Fordham University, Bronx, NY
    * Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    * Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
    * Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
    * Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
    * Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
    * Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
    * Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
    * University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
    * Villanova University, Villanova, PA

    Presumably these schools will now turn women away since the RCC realizes it does not need to educate them beyond the high-school level. /sarc

  10. colnago80:

    Re caseloweraz @ #9

    My sister, who is most definitely not a Roman Catholic, got her law degree at Santa Clara.

  11. caseloweraz:

    Apparently they went back and added two more reasons to their original six. One of the new reasons is that college tuition is rising and therefore parents, faced with the enormous expense, might limit the number of children they bear using contraception and thus enter into sin.

  12. caseloweraz:

    OT: Fix the Fix the Family Web site:

    http://www.fixthefamily.com/blog/6-reasons-to-not-send-your-daughter-to-college
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    http://www.fixthefamily.com/
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