Seminary to help reinstitutionalize gender roles

Seminary offers homemaking courses

Southwestern Baptist, one of the nation’s largest Southern Baptist seminaries, is introducing a new academic program in homemaking as part of an effort to establish what its president calls biblical family and gender roles.It will offer a bachelor of arts in humanities degree with a 23-hour concentration in homemaking. The program is only open to women.

Coursework will include seven hours of nutrition and meal preparation, seven hours of textile design and “clothing construction,” three hours of general homemaking, three hours on “the value of a child,” and three hours on the “biblical model for the home and family.”

Seminary officials say the main focus of the courses is on hospitality in the home – teaching women interior design as well as how to sew and cook. Women also study children’s spiritual, physical and emotional development.

It’s quite difficult to not make snippy comments about this one, much less come off as smug and seemingly superior. I just wonder what kind of fear would drive people back to this kind of Leave it to Beaver in the Bible mentality.

Embracing female sexuality (from touchyourself.org)

A post from Sex Drive Daily deals with “CAKE parties” which are focused on women expressing their sexuality. Apparently this expression often comes in forms similar to expressions of male sexuality. Shocking, eh?

What this means is you get women gyrating about, on stages and on dance floors, in bikinis and lingerie and perhaps even less. Make-out sessions. Amateur male dancers.And some women are upset about this, because to them it looks like women objectifying themselves for the pleasure of men. Or women adopting a masculine idea of sexuality because of our pornified culture. Or that women should be the guardians of lovemaking as a sacred connection between two committed people and that it should never be “just sex” or “just fucking” or “just pleasure” or whatever else the objectors object to.

As I wrote in the comments there, I have to wonder if the objection may be a symptom of our tendency to divide ourselves along lines of gender. If gender is the biggest defining characteristic in sexuality, then someone who identifies as female may see her sexuality and her comfort zone within sexuality as being “female sexuality,” making everything outside her comfort zone a form of exploitation.

Just because it’s women objecting, is this any different from male-dominated church restrictions on sexuality?

These parties quite honestly sound amazing. I’ll admit I’d love to attend, both for my own gratification and just to be in the presence of that many women taking ownership of their own sexualities.

Speaking of ownership, take a look at this graphic response to “You have such a pretty face.” Quite beautiful!

Intimacy in a bottle (from touchyourself.org)

Is anyone else highly annoyed by the new Elexa line of products from Trojan? They’re trying to market sex products to women so instead of lube they have “Intimacy gel” and instead of wipes they have “freshening cloths.”

When you’re dry, you need lubrication, not intimacy. Any actual bodily fluids need to be wiped away (or rubbed in if you’re so inclined), not freshened. It just seems like a ridiculous way to reinforce the idea that women don’t want the physical aspect of sex.

In addition, this is another way to link sex with products. I’m not going to say that goods can’t improve sex. I’m a huge Astroglide fan, for example. And vibrators, porn, erotic books, lingerie… they’re all great too. And condoms, of course, are a necessary part of sex for most people. But these commercials feel more like blatant manipulation to me.

And finally this is the marketing of an emotional experience. You cannot bottle intimacy! Yes, lube can make an intimate experience more fun, but no matter how much of it you add, it’s not going to make the experience intimate. That depends on actual human interaction.

The products can make the physical aspect of sex better, but that’s not what the ads say. The ads are selling an emotional experience on which the product cannot deliver.