Sunday, April 11, 2010

MoDo: Help Help! I'm Being Oppressed!

Leave it to Maureen Down to jump on the Catholic church after they are already so bent over from continuous pummeling that she doesn't need to leap very high.

It's not that I disagree with Mo's opening comments. They ring true. But has she been in hibernation for the last forty years?

When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women.

I asked why they were not more upset about living in a country where women’s rights were strangled, an inbred and autocratic state more like an archaic men’s club than a modern nation. They told me, somewhat defensively, that the kingdom was moving at its own pace, glacial as that seemed to outsiders.

How could such spirited women, smart and successful on every other level, acquiesce in their own subordination?

I was puzzling over that one when it hit me: As a Catholic woman, I was doing the same thing. 

Remember, Maureen. Only the good die young.

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