This is a guest post by the Captain Power.
College is a hot topic these days, considering that every year thousands of students are graduating with increasingly larger tuition bills and a lack of good job prospects. Most experts suggest that students should choose the majors that will provide a higher chance of employment: medicine, accounting, engineering and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
In the United States today, women make up 56.4 percent of students at public universities. But what is the one practical skill that they are lacking?
Have you taken a look at the average overweight American recently? Cooking is a lost art in this country, and high obesity levels are threatening our society. American healthcare costs have been skyrocketing, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in preventable illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, and we now have alarming higher rates of child obesity and autism.
When my mother attended high school in Queens in the sixties, she was required to take “home economics.” She was taught how to cook, how to clean, and how to raise a family. Was this sexist? No!
My father did not have to take these classes. My father does not have a vagina, and could not reproduce. He does not have breasts that bear milk, which my younger brother and I enjoyed. He studied accounting, engineering, and he took classes in “wood shop.” My mother stayed home for five years to rear children, and then she went back to graduate school and ended up teaching high school for 25 years. Her final salary before she retired? $105,000!
Nobody said she couldn’t work. But she still fully accepted traditional gender roles while taking NYC to the cleaners with a nice, fat teachers’ pension. (As I type this she is currently at her beach house.) She couldn’t just feed her children Chinese food and soda, it would have killed us. It would have slowed down our development, it would have stunted our growth, and in high school my brother and I would have never gotten laid. My mother actually cooked for us.
For centuries men were in charge of the physical demands of living in a agrarian society, since we are naturally stronger due to higher testosterone. This included building a home, plowing the fields, slaughtering game, and defending the property from Indian invasions. Today those traditional male gender roles has been replaced by driving the car, fixing the cable box, carrying the groceries, bench pressing, and defending your wife from horny Italians at the gym.
As a society, let’s not lose the basic skills of survival. Men should be required bench press over 205 and know how to drive a car, and women should have to pass a cooking class in order to receive a college degree.