A very misguided and ill-informed website that calls itself “Fix the Family” has a blog with an article arguing against sending women to college. This sort of misogynistic, short-sighted advice is, unfortunately, playing to a rather large audience (the comments to their blog post were over 3,000 -though the ones I saw were very critical).
I was sent this link by someone that thought it was something worth reading. Let me bust that bubble.
The post is rife with fallacy and outright nonsense. For instance, the writer says “college and education have very little to do with each other [...] graduates receive a diploma, not necessarily an education.” The implication is that “wisdom” is something you get from sources they approve of and that colleges are focused only on training for jobs. This is so far from truth that the writer is either severely misinformed or outright lying. Universities and colleges provide educations that cannot be obtained from simply visiting the internet and reading books -the discussions and, very often, debates that go on in college classrooms are without comparison.
But the writer believes women and girls should be “educated in the catholic faith” (whatever that means). When held up against an actual university education program, an “education in the catholic faith” might as well be a study in fairyology or a class from “Hogwart’s.”
The writer attempts to poison the well of arguments that he (undoubtedly a he) knows are coming by positing his “reasons.” He begins by claiming he is not against education (see the above paragraph) and that he does not believe in oppressing women or limiting their opportunities.
So what are his reasons?
1. “She will attract the wrong types of men.” Seriously. That’s what he wrote. I kid you not. His argument is that if she’s educated the man will be lazy and use her for her income. What a maroon.
2. “She will be in a near occasion of sin.” Whatever the fuck that means. He asks, “is a degree worth the loss of your daughter’s purity [whatever that is], dignity, and soul [whatever that is]?” The only real term he appears to have used is dignity and if a father has that low of an opinion of his daughter’s ability to cope with the world, then her loss of dignity was at his hands years before being old enough for college.
3. “She will not learn to be a wife and a mother.” Yeah, that’s not sexist at all. Does the writer think that men should not learn to be husbands and fathers? Or that college teaches this? The disparity between the writers twisted ideas of equality is… well… twisted.
4. A degree is too costly (I’m paraphrasing). He basically makes the argument that life is tough, so while gamble that spending money and low-interest loans on a degree will be a benefit. To support this argument, the writer cites a half dozen peer-reviewed longitudinal studies that demonstrate the wasteful nature of loans versus career outcomes. Oh, no wait… he didn’t do that at all.
5. “You don’t have anything to prove to the world.” Yep. That’s this sexist, misogynistic, prick’s fifth reason a “girl” shouldn’t go to college. Apparently this dickhead thinks women choose education to “prove something to the world” whereas only men choose to better themselves and the world through education. Girls. Those selfish biotches.
6. “It could be a near occasion of sin for the parents.” Whatever the fuck that means. Seriously.. wtf is a “near occasion of sin?” I get that religious people believe there is this thing called “sin” that everyone should be worried about (but ever notice they seem to be the most afflicted with it?). But wtf is a “near occasion” of it? Does the writer go on to describe parents that almost or “nearly” rob liquor stores to pay for their daughter’s college tuition? Nope. Instead he switches into a criticism of birth control. Who the fuck cares?
7. “She will regret it.” I ask: why would a women be more likely to regret an education than a man? Moreover, what studies support this assertion? The answers, of course, are they wouldn’t and there aren’t any.
The writer is a catholic nutjob, writing on a blog for a site run by catholic nutjobs. The bios of the site staff each describe men with stay at home wives and home-schooled children.