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Jesus wants you back in the kitchen, bitch!

August 13, 2007

It’s awesome that Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has found itself a time machine to transform itself back in the heydays of 1950’s. After all, why else would they offer a course that teaches you how to sew, cook and “the value of a child” only for those who own vaginas? (Penises not allowed.)

According to the Washington Post:

Southwestern Baptist, one of the nation’s largest Southern Baptist seminaries, is introducing a new academic program in homemaking as part of an effort to establish what its president calls biblical family and gender roles.

It will offer a bachelor of arts in humanities degree with a 23-hour concentration in homemaking. The program is only open to women.

Coursework will include seven hours of nutrition and meal preparation, seven hours of textile design and “clothing construction,” three hours of general homemaking, three hours on “the value of a child,” and three hours on the “biblical model for the home and family.”

Seminary officials say the main focus of the courses is on hospitality in the home – teaching women interior design as well as how to sew and cook. Women also study children’s spiritual, physical and emotional development.

Seminary President Paige Patterson, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has its executive committee headquarters in Nashville, said wives of seminary students asked for the homemaking courses. The program was approved by seminary trustees in the fall.

“We are moving against the tide in order to establish family and gender roles as described in God’s word for the home and the family,” Patterson said at the denomination’s annual meeting in June. “If we do not do something to salvage the future of the home, both our denomination and our nation will be destroyed.”

How nice knowing that women’s liberation and the right to choose to go out to work is actually destroying America! The terrorists would be so happy if they knew that it was this easy.

In all seriousness, I love everything to do with sewing and cooking – for fuck’s sakes – we have craft and cooking tags on this blog itself. Between the two of us who blog here, we can sew, crochet, knit, spin, bake and cook up a storm.

What I deeply resent is when these gender roles are foisted upon us by those who demand that women should learn how to pick up domestic skills for the family and the men. Domestic skills are awesome for either gender, but no one should say that women should be expected to learn how to cook and clean by default of having vaginas.

This move by the seminary is only engineered to keep women in the kitchen like a maid so that she can keep worshipping her man who brings home the bacon.

Terri Stovall, dean of women’s programs at Southwestern, which has its main campus in Fort Worth, Texas, said the purpose of the program is to strengthen families.

“Whether a woman works outside or strictly in the home, her first priority is her family and home,” she said. “We just really want to step up and provide some of these skills.”

Shorter Terri Stovall: Even if you make money to provide for the family, you’re still expected to clean and cook like a maid! Don’t expect your husband to chip in with the household chores because mops weren’t made for those with dicks!

And these assholes are keeping true to their word. In 2002, the seminary having terminated a contract of Hebrew professor, Sheri Klouda, for being a woman and even going so far as to call her position a “mistake that the trustees needed to fix”.

So remember kids, when you step into Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, don’t be surprised to find that it’s just like the good ole 1950’s with a good dose of misogyny!

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