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