"You are just a housewife and a mother: what do you know?"
Living on an university campus can make for interesting discussions. Most of the time, when I find myself having a discussion with a student (either undergrad or grad) they are pretty much pleasant and respectful. As long as all they know about me is that I have 2 BAs (Psych 88) English(97). But as soon as they find out I am a wife and mother, my opinions are dismissed. I find this very insulting attitude of the academic world. As though one's intelligence and mental acumen are somehow destroyed upon accepting a golden ring and producing offspring.
To the intellectual chauvinists I say: You overbearing,self righteous son of Science: Go tell Madame Curie that she should be quiet and just do the cooking and cleaning for Pierre. Women don't lose brain cells by putting on a gold ring, and they certainly can tend children and continue to contribute to the intellectual community. Would you tell Madame Curie that when she speaks she is merely expelling hot air?
I wish I could complain that this only happens in academic circles. Unfortunately it also happens in the religious circles. I find that even the most devout, Catholics,not just men, but unmarried women who feel that once a woman accepts the vocation of wife and mother she should not engage in any religious discussion, and she is very often unceremoniously dumped as having anything important to say.
To these instead I say:
You overbearing, self righteous son of Adam, go say that to Our Lady's face. Our Lady's vocation was that of Wife and Mother. Go tell her that after her fiat and bearing Christ she is of no more value or worth to the Church.
Scripture to keep in mind
Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth:  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren.  My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20
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