While I was attending Nyack College one of the running jokes among guys was that half of the girls attending the school were there just to get their “MRS.” This was another way of saying that many of the girls had no career goals or ministry ambitions of their own, they were just spending $20,000 a year in a high-stakes attempt to land a Christian husband.
If all went according to plans they would be engaged by junior year, marry right after graduation, start making babies on the honeymoon and settle into a long career as a stay-at-home mom while their husband put his degree to work paying off her student loans.
Ladies, if this is your five-year plan after high school I have some exciting news!
New this fall, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is offering female students (sorry fellas) a bachelor of arts in humanities degree with a 23-hour concentration in homemaking. According to this article in the Dallas News:
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.”
Yep, you read that right. Female students can now major in being a stay-at-home mom! Girls who go to school to get their MRS can now actually work in their field of study! Now they can boast to their single, childless classmates that they are actually doing what they went to school for! Take that Christian Education majors! Take that Religion and Philosophy majors! Take that 75% percent of all Christian college graduates!
You have to hand it to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. When their new president fired a tenure-track professor for being a woman, they faced a whole heap of criticism (not to mention a federal lawsuit). Such backlash would have caused lesser schools to soften their official “in-the-kitchen-with-one-in-the-oven” policy on a woman’s role in society. But not this bastion of male superiority. They’ve taken it a step further by actually offering ladies a college degree in homemaking where they’ll learn how sew their own clothes, and keep their man well-fed!
That takes a set of stones. Big, giant, manly, bronze-plated, cave-dwelling stones.
Now before any of you start getting on my case, claiming I’m anti-homemaker, let me point out that my beloved wife is in fact a stay-at-home mom. We’ve made alot of personal sacrifices to allow her to fill that role in our family. Our entire household relies on her ability to excel in that role if we are to have any hope of survival. And she does a fantastic job. I’ve got nothing but love for the stay-at-home moms out there!
But she didn’t need a college degree to do it! Well, an associates degree in liberal arts maybe, but certainly not a bachelor’s degree! Heck, for the most part whatever she didn’t learn from her own mother she picked up in 4-H!
You don’t need to fork over $63,000 to a bunch of troglodytes to learn how to be a stay-at-home mom! And if you’re having trouble finding a man, you don’t need to go to seminary for that either! Just take off your bonnet, get out of that home-made dress and slip into something designed within the past two centuries. You know, like a nice pair of jeans! They even make Southern Baptist girls look appealing to a man’s eye.
I kid, I kid…
But seriously, does anyone else out there find this a bit absurd? Ladies? Particularly the stay-at-home ladies? Reaction?