Monday, March 9, 2009

Freedom to the laundry captives

Washing machine 'did more to liberate women than the Pill'

"It may send feminists into a spin but the Vatican's official newspaper has pronounced the washing machine more important for the liberation of women than the contraceptive Pill."

"In the 20th century, what contributed most to the emancipation of western women?" asked the editorial.

"The debate is still open. Some say it was the pill, others the liberalisation of abortion, or being able to work outside the home. Others go even further: the washing machine." The first rudimentary washing machines appeared as far back as 1767, noted the article, with the first electrical models being produced at the beginning of the 20th century.

The article provoked an angry response from some commentators and politicians.

"Instead of entering into an abstract debate on gender, it would be better if L'Osservatore Romano discussed reality, such as the fear in which many women still live when they are in the streets and between the walls of their own homes," Paola Concia, and MP from the opposition Democratic Party, told La Stampa newspaper.
Hmm. I would say washing machines should liberate men as well. In modern times, husbands must also do their share in doing the laundry. It's like forced labor. Forced in the sense that women can't possibly do all the household chores, as most women nowadays also work outside the home to contribute to the family income. So, washing machines liberate women as well as men. Yes dear, "hiwalay ang de-kolor sa puti". That goes for microwave ovens, electric floor polishers, and take-out food as well. Now that's reality.

And now a word from the Pope on the occasion of International Women's Day:

"Today's date," he affirmed, "invites us to reflect on the condition of women and to renew our commitment, that always and everywhere every woman can live and fully manifest her particular abilities, obtaining complete respect for her dignity."

"Today I pledge my prayer for all women, that they be evermore respected in their dignity and valued in their positive possibilities."

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