Not the contraceptive pill, or working outside the home, or the right to vote but this domestic appliance freed women, says the Vatican in its paper
By Miranda Bryant
ROME (RushPRnews) 03/09/09-As International Women’s Day is celebrated, the Vatican had a novel message for the women of the world: give thanks for the washing machine. This humble domestic appliance had done more for the womenâ€™s liberation movement than the contraceptive pill or working outside the home, said the the official Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano.
â€œIn the 20th century, what contributed most to the emancipation of Western women?â€ questioned the article. â€œThe debate is still open. Some say it was the pill, others the liberalisation of abortion, or being able to work outside the home. Others go even further: the washing machine.â€
The article is entitled, â€œThe washing machine and the emancipation of women: put in the powder, close the lid and relaxâ€, taking its name from the Washy Talky, the Electrolux bilingual-talking washing-machine launched in India seven years ago, which would remind the absent-minded housewife how to use the appliance.
The Catholic Church was never likely to laud the pill for its transformative power on womenâ€™s lives. Since Pope Benedict became the leader of the worldâ€™s 1.1 billion Catholics, he has published a religious document condemning contraception for â€œnegating the intimate truth of conjugal love, with which the divine gift [of life] is communicatedâ€ and has urged pharmacists to refuse to dispense the morning-after pill. The Osservatore Romano held the pill responsible for polluting the environment and contributing to male infertility.
Source: The Independent World