Hey, young women of the world. Have you been feeling awfully confident lately? Feel like you might be climbing that corporate ladder despite the obviously debilitating PMS, mood strikes, hunger pangs for chocolate and copious harlotry that occurs when women are left to their own devices? Well, we have an alternative to this whole “career” thang you’ve been chasing after. Just FYI, it’s a pipe dream! And social studies teacher Peter Heck feels it is more necessary to track backward and declare women incapable of progressing in the business world, so he let a whole bunch of high schoolers know that.
While giving a commencement speech to Eastern High School, Heck stated that women should be devoted to their (potential) husbands and kids, not to themselves.
I challenge you to devote yourself to your families and your children. If you choose to have a career, God’s blessings upon you. But I challenge you to recognize what the world scoffs at, that your greatest role in your life will be that of wife and mother. The greatest impact you could ever contribute to our world is a loving investment in the lives of your precious children. To solve the problems plaguing our society, we don’t need more women CEOs. We need more women as invested mothers.
Yes, because fathers are totally incapable at being competent parents; that’s not remotely insulting to men or anything! Oh, and ladies — forget about that degree in bioengineering; you should learn to bio-breastfeed, amirite?
No, but really: this is an absurd context for people to be making declarations about female sexuality, gender roles and career aspirations at random. We need commencement speakers to encourage all students to do whatever they want to do, not to set out paths for some while letting others believe their only productive choice is to be a parent. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get married, have kids and not go to college, there are many, many women who want to do other things. That is not only their choice, it’s their right, and should be seen and spoken about as such.
Photo: Peter Heck’s website.