A family member of mine receives publications from various Catholic organizations. The other day I was casually flipping through one and happened across this article, written by a Mrs. Karen Osborne.
This article isn’t the most egregious case of feminism infecting the Catholic Church but it is definitely exemplary of a “slow burn” technique, involving lots of straw men and misdirected intelligence.
The female author makes the general case that education is absolutely necessary and should be held to a high ideal in order to combat the Taliban. The subject of the story, the teen-aged Pakistani girl, is the author’s battering ram to forcibly convince you that education uber alles somehow saves us from pain and suffering.
Malala knows something that her peers in other parts of the world sometimes forget: That getting an education means more than just getting a piece of paper signifying that you successfully sat in a classroom for 13 years. Education opens doors that otherwise remain closed. Education means the end to ignorance and fear. It fosters the development of a society, an economy and a future.
When reading this I immediately wondered about the status of education underneath the Taliban (freudian slip?). Does education open doors within the Taliban regime? Does education in Pakistan mean the end of fearing the Taliban? Do the educated there feel more communal and able to mobilize against the Taliban? Of course my readers already know the answers here. Its a resounding no across the board. To correct Karen’s argument: education doesn’t make these possibilities; a lack of terrorism does. After reading the article, Malala doesn’t have a problem with motivation or intellect. She has a problem with terrorists.
If she were to make it to the land of the educated, aka USA, this opens a whole nother can of worms. The irony here is that graduating from institutions in the United States increasingly resembles a piece of paper with no attached social value. Higher education is no guarantee that you get employed. And the most insidious: higher education is rewriting female participation in society from mothers and wives to that of breadwinners and lonely spinsters. Let’s see Mrs Osborne spin around that reality. Is Mrs. Osborne so certain that education is absolutely necessary now?
I remember the many times I slept in class, crashed on the couch in front of the television instead of studying or put off my homework. Malala would be ashamed of me.
I’m not sure if this is representative of shoddy writing due to the author being a woman or just shoddy writing in general. Clearly the feminist American woman author acted quite differently than the poetic preaching she does for this Catholic organization; namely, she did everything opposite of the motivation and enthusiasm she goes gaga over. “I love motivated people! I totally see myself being a motivated person! Hold on! Reruns are on!” I’m not sure why she would invalidate the whole article with the second to last thought on paper. SWPL gloating higher value, per chance?
Until I see articles titled “How traditional submissive housewives are reshaping the Taliban” I won’t hold much stock in the future of the Catholic Church.