Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) March 18, 2009 -- The official voice for the Vatican, the daily Osservatore Romano, recently published a cage rattling statement for International Womenâs Day, when it answered the question "In the 20th century, what contributed most to the emancipation of western women"?
After a lengthy acclamation for the emancipating powers of the washing machine, the Osservatore spoke of the housewife as "The image of the super woman, smiling, made up and radiant among the appliances of her house".
The Vatican completely bypassed such items as equal education, sex fairness and equal opportunities in the work place. There was no thought given to the political, technological and social changes in Western countries. The pill, working outside the home, the liberalization of abortion and the washing machine were considered as being the origin of allowing women their freedom in the 20th century.
"The washing machine has had a greater liberating role for women than the pill", maintained the Osservatore. The daily paper went one step further quoting the words of the late American feminist Betty Friedan, "Now women will be able to change the sheets on the beds twice a week instead of once a week".
One has to ask how many washing machines are to be found in the male dominated Vatican city? No doubt it is the women who come to do the men's work that use these machines.
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