December 15, 2005 § 2 Comments
Here is a scary article that my mom alerted me to today. Between studies like this and the one I read about in the Post the other day regarding the possible dangers of nanotechnology (now used in everything from certain sunscreens and hair products to food), I wish that organic food wasn’t so expensive and that people were more chemical-conscious! I can’t believe the fervor with which nanotechnology has been embraced…for heaven’s sake these scientists are playing around with the atomic structure. I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of effects that could have in the long run…brrrrr…
Also, I read an interesting article on a book published recently called Are Men Really Necessary? A few weeks ago Dr. White pointed it out because he found it rather an offensive title. :-) Although I would not recommend the book at all (I have read it myself but have read enough reviews/articles about it), it does raise an interesting point: women cannot “have it all”. One thing that Maureen Dowd (A Catholic University graduate) points out in the book is that men generally do not want to marry a women more successful or more intelligent than themselves – now whether this is absolutely true or not it a matter of debate. But unfortunately Dowd’s book falls short in the end because it fails to become introspective: it remains an attack on men. The article I read in the Times pushed further than her book did, and openly asked: Can women have it all? No. Whether it is a failing on part of men or of women doesn’t matter. Women must make a choice when it comes to family or a career, at least most of the time (The Drs. Brewer are an exception to this: it has taken a lot of hard work and sacrifice on Mrs. Brewer’s part to do what they have done).
So what does this mean for me (who am VERY driven), or any of the brilliant girls in my aquaintance? It means we have to make a choice at some point. How ironic it is that, no matter how much society thinks it has “advanced” with the feminist movement, that women still find themselves in the same old quandary.
Perhaps Kant is right when he says that God used all his art when he made women, because He intended them to be those in charge of the future of the human race. If this is true, then that is quite a responsibility to live up to.
I don’t know. Food for thought anyway as I head into Christmas break. Now I have to get back to work…