It’s a miraculous thing – you start in one epoch and then, by virtue of reading the turgid bullshit spewed by Mary Kassian, a “professor” of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (aka NAMBLA), you’re suddenly transported back to an era where women were nothing more than property, irony was something reserved for the French and the most a lady could hope to achieve in her meaningless, uneducated existence is not dying during childbirth.
Let’s take a ride on the ol’ way-back machine, shall we?
[Kassian] said women should regard marriage and child-rearing as central parts of their lives, not ‘peripheral’ activities to achieving career goals. She did say in an interview later that nothing prohibits women from working outside the home under certain circumstances when it doesn’t conflict with family life.
… She cited the movie “Steel Magnolias” as the ideal for women, blending “softness with backbone.”
“Our culture would have us believe that this type of womanly disposition is disdainful, but a closer examination shows us that these qualities are also beautiful,” she said. “I believe women are created with an inclination toward submissiveness, with an inclination to bend, and to softness.” [emphasis added by blogger; excerpt via The C-J]
Take a moment to let this sink in; we’ll get a cappuccino and read Iranian Twitters or something…
… Ready? Now then: While it’d be too easy to chide someone with a doctorate on how dumb it is to uphold living, breathing, three-dimensional human beings to fictional characters in a fucking Hollywood movie — or how that’s really no different from telling women they need to act like fictional characters from an ancient tome of bedtime stories — we’ll simply suggest that Kassian and her ilk build an actual time machine, travel back to the Victorian era and see if anybody lets you get within ten feet of a podium.