Friday, December 04, 2015

I Said It Would be a Mixed Bag

The Vatican study sSeminar on women and work -- looks like another attempt to formulate Catholic feminism, using the John Paul II as cover. Erika Bachiochi cites the press release, which gives the topics for discussion, which includes the following introduction:

Today it is necessary to recognise the important role women play both in public life, for building structures that are richer in humanity, and in family life, for the wellbeing of the family itself and the education of children. Starting from this premise, the Seminar’s goal will be to discuss causes and consequences of today’s dichotomy between family demands and the organization of work. Furthermore, the meeting will seek to analyse and consider paths to leave behind the “either-or” dilemma in which too many women find themselves today, and to propose innovative solutions towards a “one and the other” answer that combines the demands of work and the demands of family life. Proposals will be considered in favour of a greater appreciation of women's work, so that discriminations that women workers still face – like penalization of motherhood and disparity of salaries – might be overcome. Also, there will be analysis of how to bring to light the irreplaceable service that only feminine genius can offer to humanity, for the growth of each person and the building of society.

The list of topics is at the end of the press release.

Before cheap energy and the industrial revolution, women's work was primarily a support role for their husbands and family, whether on the farm or artisan production or the performing of a trade. What was once common, a disparity of salaries to give the advantage of men supporting families, is now seen as unjust (though this is not explicitly stated so in the press release). As for the role women play in public life, it is a very truncated vision of public life, what passes for "public" life in the modern nation-state, mostly bureaucratic work and participation in institutions acceptable to the modern nation-state.

On this issue I expect the Latin churches to continue to make ineffectual noise until reality makes it all irrelevant.

An international seminar on Women and Work takes place in Rome on December 4th and 5th organised by the Pontifical...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 4, 2015

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