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Donna Marie Lewis

Of course, once this comes about:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article2444462.ece
we can just get rid of human males entirely. Simpler, no ?

Teresa

Donna Marie, I had to laugh at those articles you supplied. They are ultimately about how much we want everything our own way. I just had an ultrasound today and my husband and I found out we're having our fifth son. I'd be a liar if I didn't say my husband and I were a little disappointed that it wasn't a girl, but our youngest son cheerily said, "I guess 'Someone' knows we're pretty good with boys!" I think he said a lot there.

gsk

How wonderful! Five chivalrous young gentlemen in the making, no doubt. Prayers for all of you, and especially a safe delivery.

Teresa

Thank you, Genevieve! Yes, after losing the baby last year, we found out I was pregnant again at the end of December. We waited until I was showing before we said anything to the boys. My oldest son followed me around for about three days asking if I/the baby was alright. I told him dryly, "Yes. However, the baby is concerned that you pass Literature class." He laughed about that because he knew I really was telling him to put it in God's hands and he needed to focus on his own work!

Donna Marie Lewis

It may be funny now- but how are we going to deal with it when it happens ? And, barring the Lord's return beforehand, it is going to happen. (I've seen enough 'sci-fi' come true just in my not-that-long lifetime that it seems inevitable.) How does one deal with girls who literally have no male parent - not even a fly-by-night 'sperm donor ' ?

anon

"To ward off sexual assaults in the barracks, female soldiers below the rank of sergeant follow a buddy system at all times -- for getting around the base during the day as well as for making bathroom visits in the middle of the night."

So they are thought capable of combat - but not of going to the bathroom on their own.

Just amazing.

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    • From Benedict XVI
      “People have realized that the complete removal of the feminine element from the Christian message is a shortcoming from an anthropological viewpoint. It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity."
    • Anger and Patrimony (from Donna)
      This is just another of the unintended consequences of the cultural acceptance of contraception and abortion! Men's sexuality has been robbed of its creative essence. It is now viewed as something that imposes a burden on women (when conception happens to occur), something used to control women or something that is purely recreational. Why would men bother?? In taking away their responsibility, we've also robbed them of their significance! In the big picture of humanity, men have been made into nothing more than a nuisance women have to figure out how to control in order to bring about the next generation. Men don't see it as their task to protect the vulnerable because they see themselves as the vulnerable ones. A few well preserved vials of sperm would make men entirely obsolete in the world's ethos today!!
    • Excellent, Dom! (from Teresa)
      That is astounding Robin, and good for you for standing up. At the heart of that matter, I think, is even worse than a gender mixing message. There is an increased sharper and sharper focus on the "self." Solid Catholic teaching returns our focus away from ourselves to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The original sin, Eve denied her womanhood when she desired to be like "gods." Since the only god she knew was the Father. Where was Adam? He stood impotent... in other words, they were divorced. There's a young girl at Robin's son's high school who was just told that she is the center of the universe and it's a tragic disservice to her.
    • Find the logic (from "me")
      Ditto what Mary said! A lot of high schools have very poor math and science depts, for boys and girls. I also am educated as a chemical engineer, but chose to teach the two years before we had children because its hours were more suited to spending time with children. (I was looking ahead). When it came time and I was pregnant with our first, I realized that I did not want to leave him with someone else, and was able to stay home full time. I am not sure it would have been that easy if we were used to another engineering income and not just a private school teacher income. Also some of my first job offers were out on oil rigs - I had no interest in that at all even though I enjoyed my engineering classes and did well in them. No one discouraged me from an engineering job, on the contrary I got a lot of flack for my decision not to pursue an engineering career.
    • Find the logic (from Mary)
      I've been lurking, but this is one that irritates me. Beats the heck out of me what these "barriers" are. I was educated as a chemical engineer, where 1/3 of our class was women. However, in electrical engineering, only 1 or 2 out of 30 were women. Is it possible that women are Just Not Interested in some areas? Nah, it must be The Man keeping us down so we must legislate (and, I agree -- when they say "legistlate", I hear "quota"). And actually, I have a friend that was also a chemical engineer. When she lost her job, she decided not to go back into engineering and started working from home so she could spend more time with her 3 kids. Also, if nothing else, there are all kinds of incentives for women to enter science and engineering -- scholarships not available to men, guaranteed housing on campuses that do not guarantee housing to the general population, etc. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that schools in general are not preparing students for the hard sciences. It is truly a sad state of affairs, the lack of science education these days.

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