The Vatican does it again...
by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
I shouldn't be surprised at anything the Vatican's newspaper is printing, but on International Women's Day, they published an article in which they weighed in on the event or invention which has most liberated women (even though really, who asked them?): ""Some say the pill, some say abortion rights and some the right to work outside the home. Some, however, dare to go further: the washing machine."
Now, I can understand the Vatican's ideological opposition to the pill, even if I don't agree with it. But the washing machine? I admit that it did free women from washing clothes by hand, which made laundry into a grueling chore, but to suggest that the washing machine, rather than the right to work or the right to vote, or even, for God's sake, the tampon? Stances on abortion and contraceptive use aside, I think we can all agree that this article is pretty condescending and insulting - basically, it's saying that women were liberated once they could throw the clothes in the machine, shut the lid, and have a cappuccino with their friends...so just imagine what life was like after the dryer! That was really all that was keeping us from having careers - just that pesky laundry! Not discrimination, or anything. The Catholic Church doesn't know anything about that.