In response to last Thursday’s (10/9/08) blog, in which I was critical of the Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California’s Santa Barbara campus (and all those in the USA for that matter), I received a personal letter from Leila J. Rupp, Professor of Feminist Studies and Associate Dean of Social Sciences which confirmed that I was right in assuming that they would never invite me to address their students. She writes:
“You’re right if all you have to offer is indoctrination. We are interested in education.”
To reiterate my “points of indoctrination,” I wondered whether this Feminist Studies program would be all inclusive: Is it going to be critical or celebratory over home-making, traditional family values, home schooling, religion, mothering only after marriage, qualities of a good wife, at-home mothering, avoiding divorce (except in cases of abuse, addiction or affairs) and choosing adoption over abortion?
I also suggested avoiding abortion as birth control, “shacking up,” friends with “benefits,” and buying the lie that hired help and day care are equivalent or superior to a Mommy.
It is amazing how these simple concepts have become “indoctrination” and controversial. If these issues cannot be presented, what in the heck does the Feminist Studies program call “diversity?” Perhaps it’s just different ethnicities all saying the same thing.