Friday, April 25, 2008

Don't Waste Your Money Educating Your Daughters

Okay. Pay attention. There really are people who make keeping women "in their place" their life's work, and when women point it out at an SBC Seminary, they're subject to censure. That's what happened to Cynthia Kunsman when she critiqued the statements of Doug Phillips.

Most sexism is veiled, but, here it is, billboard-style. According to Ethics Daily, Doug Phillips, a trained lawyer, founder Vision Forum and misogynist pig, thinks it's a waste of money to educate your daughters:

Phillips says it's a waste of money to invest in an expensive college education for daughters. "It seems very pragmatic," Kunsman said in her lecture. "Why pour a lot of resources when you've got 10 kids and sons to train? You don't want to train your daughter in quantum physics."
Phillips says in his own words: "We do not need MORE female Christian lawyers, doctors or artists, but MORE godly women raising MORE godly children who will fill the earth and subdue it to the glory of God. And does it really make economic sense to invest tens of thousands of dollars for a woman to get an advanced education (often having to go into debt to finance that education) that she will NOT use if she accepts that her highest calling is to be a wife and mother?"


Maybe it's just me, but I think that it was actually Doug's parents who wasted their money educating him.

1 comment:

Tina said...

I have just finished reading Macon author Louise Staman's latest book,
Loosening Corsets, a biography of the fiery Rebecca Latimer Felton and her efforts in the area of reform, suffrage, and political activism in the late l9th and early 20th century.
The gentleman you are quoting would have fit in very well in the post Civil War era. The general philosophy was that women were to stay at home, have babies until they were worn out, and keep their opinions to themselves. And if they saw any mixed race children around the plantation, they were supposed to act like they didn't know where these kids came from.
A lot of women (and many men as well) worked hard to assert women's right to education and their right to equality under the law. They were cursed, maligned, sometimes even imprisoned.
What sort of a domestic tyrant would be in favor of turning back the clock to those demeaning days?

And what's to keep the girls from simply finding another means to get an education except Daddy's bucks. I know plenty of grandmothers who would gladly pay for a granddaughter's education.