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Vatican Says Washing Machine Did Most To Liberate Women 11

The Vatican newspaper says that the washing machine did more to liberate women than the pill or the right to work. "The Washing Machine and the Liberation of Women - Put in the Detergent, Close the Lid and Relax," ran on Sunday to mark international Women's Day. It's strange that the Vatican made no mention of the liberating aspects of cooking, or doing what you are told.


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Vatican Says Washing Machine Did Most To Liberate Women

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  • by jedidiah ( 1196 ) on Tuesday March 10, 2009 @03:02PM (#27138905) Homepage

    Many people seriously have no clue just how back breaking housework used to be. Mechanized laundry has been with us for so long (in the West) that we really have no idea what sort of a labor and muscle intensive chore it used to be.

    Have a little empathy and the Vatican's ideas don't seem so absurd anymore.

    • by thomis ( 136073 )

      Pappa Ratzi, formerly leader of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has long demonstrated
      his respect for the advances of Workers, Women, Minorities, Scholars, Physicians, Educators and the Poor.

      It's obviously in his DNA, from handmade slipper/shoes to his diamond crusted golden Miter.

      Poor, misunderstood fella.

      • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

        Actually, Herr Hitler Youth's ideas fall in quite nicely with Maslow's heirarchy of needs.

        The fact that he is a jerk and leader of a cabal of jerks doesn't
        negate his ideas any more than his title makes him an automatic
        moral authority.

  • by Profane MuthaFucka ( 574406 ) <> on Tuesday March 10, 2009 @05:46PM (#27141479) Homepage Journal

    The washing machine, the birth control pill, and women's protective labor laws were ALL more effective in liberating half of humanity than the Vatican.

  • That sounds about right. Tech. has probably done more to liberate humanity as a whole than any philosophy or religion. Of course, upon liberation, we've generally done a pretty good job of enslaving ourselves to other things.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun