Some may have noticed that a group of men were passing roses out to women passing by the St. Paul University Catholic Center on Library Mall. These individuals were taking part in a small campaign being spearheaded by Badger Catholic, a spirituality and faith organization on campus according to their website, called Roses in Library Mall.Read more: http://host.madison.com/daily-cardinal/opinion/badger-catholic-campaign-reinforces-gender-stereotypes/article_f79ee8b2-97a1-11e3-b338-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2tgrPErEn
Perhaps Badger Catholic had good intentions with this, but it was nonetheless a deeply inherently sexist, backwards and utterly ridiculous effort on their part. According to the event’s Facebook page, the goal was to offer Badgers “another viewpoint on love!” Roses were sold to men who would add notes to them with messages to give to passing women telling them they have “inherent dignity and beauty.”
What Badger Catholic offers though is a reminder to the UW-Madison community that sexism and patriarchal social expectations are alive and well in our society and even well educated people can still adhere to such ideas.
The assertion by Badger Catholic with this campaign is 1) only men have the authority to tell women they have dignity and beauty, they offer no opportunity for women to decide this for themselves 2) it ignores that not all people base their definition of dignity and beauty in the same way as Badger Catholic 3) it works to reinforce gender roles and the expectation that all sex is heterosexual while ignoring female sexuality.
BUT, this does give me an idea for a Catholic drinking game..... for a later post ...."hierarchy" "bigoted" "sexist"... I'm thinking when the drink words appear in the same sentence, that the number of drinks doubles....
FYI, Jason Evert gave a talk at UW recently.