Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Teaching girls their ABCs: Always Be Cooking

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Georgia) wants schools to teach children his idea of proper gender roles. This was in a debate on gay marriage, and is a perfect example of my assertion that homophobia is basically a subset of sexism.

“[W]e need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys...” Separate but equal. “...and say, you know, this is what’s important. This is what a father does that is may be a little different, maybe -- maybe a little different, maybe a little better than the talent that a mom has in a certain area and same things for the young girls, you know, this is what a mom does and this is what’s important from the standpoint of that union. Which we call marriage.”

I hope someone will get him to tell us exactly what a father does that’s different and better than a mom does (note the formal “father” and the informal “mom”), and what the mom’s “different talent” is.

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