Hat tip to Tara at Aetiology for this bloodcurdling article. The Southern Baptists want all you uppity bitches to know just who wears the pants around the house. And to this end, they're offering classes with such titles as "Biblical Model for the Home and Family." A more overt display of the way in which Christian fundamentalism treats women only marginally better than Muslim sharia law (at least the Baptists won't murder you because you let someone see your ankle, so I guess that's progress) could not be found.
Shudder to these testimonials. These are Christian women who have gleefully swallowed the notion that they are inferior to males and on this earth for no other reason than to do the Suzy Homemaker thing while hubby is out making something of his life. They have actually been indoctrinated to accept the idea that their own personal happiness is irrelevant.
God values men and women equally, any student here will tell you. It's just that he's given them different responsibilities in life: Men make decisions. Women make dinner....
It all sounds wonderful to sophomore Emily Felts, 19, who signed up as soon as she arrived on campus this fall.
Several relatives have told Felts that she's selling herself short. They want her to become a lawyer, and she agrees she'd make a good one. But that's not what she wants to do with her life.
More to the point, it's not what she believes God wants of her.
"My created purpose as a woman is to be a helper," Felts said firmly. "This is a college education that I can use."
The whole point of taking college-level homemaking, she said, is to ensure that her husband won't ever feel that he has to darn a sock or do the laundry. Those are her jobs...
"I'm not one of those out to rebel, out-to-be-my-own-woman types," she said.
Yeah, being your own woman would really suck. I mean, y'all are different, right? It's a man's duty to be his own man, but for you ladies, well, there's the kitchen...get to work!
I can't remember where I read it, but I have heard that the number of over-35 women in America as whole who regularly take antidepressants and other medications is sky-high. Add to that a devastating regimen of brainwashing such as this, and the level of misery poor Emily Felts is likely to experience when she hits the big four-oh and realizes she's thrown away the best years of her life can scarcely be imagined.
Now, to be fair, the article points out that the Southwestern Baptist
Indoctrination Camp Theological Seminary is a fairly small establishment to begin with, and that very few women among their student body have signed up for these homemaking courses so far. And it goes on to point out that others in the Baptist community consider this master/servant outlook on marriage to be a throwback. But it's hard to stomach that the entire female side of the student body is constantly hammered with the "submit!" message, when you consider that this place actually offers classes with names like "Clothing Construction," "Meal Preparation," and "Value of a Child" in the first place. With a straight face, too. Gee, how about spreading the notion that a marriage is a partnership among equals where responsibilities are to be shared? Or is that too "liberal"? Probably.
Maybe here we can see another reason why that Barna survey of several years back revealed that atheists have a lower divorce rate than Christians with Southern Baptists suffering the highest divorce rate across all Christian denominations! I'm just sayin'...