Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) informed colleagues on the House floor on Tuesday that he is a hypocrite. He called for schools to teach classes on traditional gender roles in marriage because he feels that there are things that fathers may do better than mothers. Gingrey, like most Republicans, do not want schools teaching extraneous things- but that’s only if they’re teaching Liberal ideas.
Gingrey stated “You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what’s important. This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that, you know, this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call marriage.”
He went on to say “Of my three daughters and one daughter-in-law, they all work. They all work, some of them full-time, some of them part-time. But they’re still there as moms. And when they come home and take over that responsibility, they need a shared partner, and that partner is that partner for life. And I’m talking about, of course, the father.”
His speech was about defending the Defense of Marriage Act. Of course, if he was truly in favor of teaching traditional marriage roles, then the fact that his three daughters and his daughter-in-law are working would appall him, and he would demand that they not work and that they all go home to be allowed to be beaten by their husbands for the slightest infraction. After all, that is what the tradition has been for the Christian West right up until about thirty years ago in some places like the United States.
Gingrey is just the latest Republican to subscribe to the antiquated views of marriage, family and gender roles that they took from the 1950′s. In truth, it has really only been in the last sixty years or so that the whole idea of marriage and family being husband, wife, and two and a half kids came into being. In fact, prior to the rise of suburbia, most families were extended and extruded with mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and children all living in a sort of communal setting.