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.
This fall’s get-together at the Southern Baptist seminary in the US reinforced those traditional gender roles with college classes in homemaking. This program is only open to women and you will be lectured on doing the laundry, serving the male gender, the best ways to remove stains and of course, cooking. Because that’s what a woman should do.
But there is more, with courses like “Biblical Model for the Home and Family” you are entering philosophical theory and find out how God expects woman aka
housewives to be submissive to their husbands.
Jesus loves you when you’re scrubbing the kitchen floor on your knees whilst baking chocolate chip cookies for your husband.
To some this may sound absolutely heavenly, like to 19 year old Emily Felts, who signed up with the classes.
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.
“My created purpose as a woman is to be a helper,” Felts said firmly.
Ashley Smith, a guest lecturer and wife of a theology professor was on the scene to reinforce those believes to the utter limit:
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”
“We must fit into this role. It’s so much more important than our own personal happiness.”
A big argument is the unhappy family life of our modern time. Dysfunctional marriages, separation, divorce and shattered childhoods. But this goes way beyond trying to help people leading a happier and more fulfilled life. This is stirring towards repressing women and women’s rights, bringing us right back where the female conscious started fighting for equality.
Absolutely atrocious. Such classes should stay where they rightfully belong, somewhere centuries ago.