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What's Your Take on "Housewife Classes"?

What's Your Take on "Housewife Classes"?

I just read an article in the LA Times that struck a nerve with me, and I have a feeling you will all agree. This Fall, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will be offering a class on how to be a better housewife — a class only open to women, of course! This academic program will offer lectures on laundering stubborn stains and how to bake chocolate-chip cookies.

While some women feel it's their duty to be a homemaker, such classes went out of style at most secular colleges a half century ago, which could be why only eight out of the 300 students in the undergraduate program have enrolled in this class. On the flip side, it's comforting to know that some men out there are speaking up, suggesting that it's actually the men that need these classes. As Andy Cecrle stated, "What if my wife is sick and my kids need clean clothes? It may not hurt to have some basic tips." Amen Andy!

I am sure you ladies have a mouthful to say in response to all of this, so what's your take on housewife classes? If you were offered these classes in school, would you take them or would you be offended? And if you could make a class such as this mandatory for men, do you think they would benefit from it?

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jessijennings jessijennings 7 years
• I think a class like this would be very helpful especially if it went into proper menu ideas grocery budgeting and so on. Since becoming a military wife I have often pulled out my hair trying to vacume up dish and launder all before he gets home and websites like flylady and so on have been my only help. I think especially now it is helpful to know just what on earth would get that raspberry stain out of our stupid military carpet or how does one really shine all that bathroom stuff from the 50’s and for the love of god! How do I clean the tile in the bathroom so it doesn’t look like someone died in there! I know its rust I know it’s coming up though the floor and everyones looks that way but I’m fairly sure that shoving baking soda past into the cracks is really not the way to have a white bathroom floor… Also didn’t you say it’s a Baptist college? Wouldn’t that mean that a wife’s place is as submissive to her husband under god’s law and in accordance with the word?
rosaj rosaj 8 years
That is way so messed up I have a freezer cook it Himself!!!! I cook when I want to and if he doesnt like it go to J**KS and get a hamburger and while he's there pick me up a salad please.
rosaj rosaj 8 years
That is way so messed up I have a freezer cook it Himself!!!! I cook when I want to and if he doesnt like it go to J**KS and get a hamburger and while he's there pick me up a salad please.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I think the classes are a good idea, but they should let men take them too.
melda melda 8 years
no i don't need that classes
melda melda 8 years
no i don't need that classes
girlie871 girlie871 8 years
I would sign up for the class but not to become a "domestic housewife". Ive been living on my own for a while now and I just recently learned some vital laundry tips from my boyfriend (meanwhile I taught him how to make some tasty chilaquilles). I think that both men and women could benefit from classes like these, hopefully they will realize that and open up the classes to everyone.
allien86 allien86 8 years
I have to admit its a little offensive on its gender basis. But if it would help me learn skills to better myself and my future family I dont see why not. However should be available to both men and women and not mandatory for either sex.
demeter demeter 8 years
I would sign up! I love being domestic, and I want to be a housewife someday ♥
kendalheart kendalheart 8 years
Hell no...when is it that women are going to actually take being OUTSIDE of the house just as serious?? If one chooses to be a housewife, that is their deal but I hate this idea. NOT for me!!
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
What about the men who see it as their lifework to stay at home and be a father to their children, so that their children do not have to deal with absent parents, as they did? How come it is only acceptable to be a stay at home mom, when there are more women in careers than ever before? I do not clean, period. Cooking responsibilities are always shared, because we enjoy it, but homemaking? I'm definately not the one to do it. I heard this particular story a couple of months ago. And, I personally would not take ANY courses at a university that finds it inappropriate for men to be taught by women. Did they not just recently fire a female professor due to that very thing? We had HomeEc and Nutrition and Food Science in my High School, of which I took advantage of along with my 2 years of Culinary Arts, but (gasp) men were allowed to take the classes as well.
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
What about the men who see it as their lifework to stay at home and be a father to their children, so that their children do not have to deal with absent parents, as they did? How come it is only acceptable to be a stay at home mom, when there are more women in careers than ever before? I do not clean, period. Cooking responsibilities are always shared, because we enjoy it, but homemaking? I'm definately not the one to do it. I heard this particular story a couple of months ago. And, I personally would not take ANY courses at a university that finds it inappropriate for men to be taught by women. Did they not just recently fire a female professor due to that very thing? We had HomeEc and Nutrition and Food Science in my High School, of which I took advantage of along with my 2 years of Culinary Arts, but (gasp) men were allowed to take the classes as well.
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 8 years
sign me up! i want to learn how to make yummy cookies and get stains out. Maybe it should be called "basic home skills" and be open to ALL people. It sounds practical though!
ducks ducks 8 years
Poor housewives! Everyone thinks they're less than zero. Chin up, little homemakers. I wish I had a handy-capable wife of my own. I'd respect you.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I don't find it offensive, as long as it's not mandatory, and sure, I'd love it if my husband passed that class!! :D
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I don't find it offensive, as long as it's not mandatory, and sure, I'd love it if my husband passed that class!! :D
Eternity Eternity 8 years
Sign me up please. I would love to quit my job and spend my time cooking, gardening, and lounging. A woman does not have to bring home $$ or have a stale meaningless corporate career to be empowered. We can do it in much more subversive ways :)
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
It's not an offensive class, but the name could be changed to something more gender neutral like Home Economics. Women have the right to chose to be in the class which is why only 8 out of 300 undergrads signed up for it. I will say though that I feel those 8 are in it for the easy A and three credits toward graduation. There should be more classes like this for men if they are going to be keeping on for women.
fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
It's not an offensive class, but the name could be changed to something more gender neutral like Home Economics. Women have the right to chose to be in the class which is why only 8 out of 300 undergrads signed up for it. I will say though that I feel those 8 are in it for the easy A and three credits toward graduation. There should be more classes like this for men if they are going to be keeping on for women.
tati33 tati33 8 years
No thanks..
tati33 tati33 8 years
No thanks..
looseseal looseseal 8 years
I'm all for free choice as long as it's not hurting anybody, but I'm not sure how much of a free choice someone has if they're indoctrinated from birth to pretty much be slaves and incubators. In order to choose, you have to be aware of something different from what you're doing, and I'm not sure that's the case with some fundamentalist religious groups. I like tips about how to do household things better, but that's what the internet is for, not a four-year degree. Like someone said before, technical skills is not the point of the degree anyway. It's more about learning how to be a "Godly housewife", whatever that means.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
I'm all for free choice as long as it's not hurting anybody, but I'm not sure how much of a free choice someone has if they're indoctrinated from birth to pretty much be slaves and incubators. In order to choose, you have to be aware of something different from what you're doing, and I'm not sure that's the case with some fundamentalist religious groups.I like tips about how to do household things better, but that's what the internet is for, not a four-year degree. Like someone said before, technical skills is not the point of the degree anyway. It's more about learning how to be a "Godly housewife", whatever that means.
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