got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Thursday, November 03, 2005

what's a modern girl to do? (Karen)




This article by Maureen Dowd prompted this response from Kathleen Parker. Lots of interesting thoughts but the basic premise seems to be that some women think that they will need to skip being wives and mothers if they are educated and successful because men are intimidated by women who are smart. I would love to know what you all think and is there any truth to this concept for Christian young women today?

8 Comments:

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger filosofo said…

    As a Christian young man I was attracted to smart women and married one. Intimidated? Only in the best sense.

     
  • At 12:28 AM, Blogger joey♥ said…

    i love the site template.
    i myself am a christian girl in college - at the most liberal university in the U.S. no less- nyu. i hope to keep my walk with God strong, and my time at nyu will only bring me closer to God.

     
  • At 3:58 AM, Blogger prairie girl said…

    A real man visits our blog!

    This week I heard that a man I know, though not well, and a pastor no less, says I am interesting to talk to but am a little intimidating.

    Like I said, it is fun to have a real man visiting here...please come back!

     
  • At 3:59 AM, Blogger prairie girl said…

    Hi Joey and welcome to our blog. Your comments are always welcome, and we look forward to fellowshipping with you. We also are anxious to hear your comments and thoughts about college and the Christian woman.

     
  • At 9:10 AM, Blogger flacius1551 said…

    As a female college professor, my anecdotal evidence is that Dowd is right. My male colleagues are not marrying professors--they are married either to support people at the university, SAHMs, or (in a very few cases) professionals o/s of the university. Part of the problem is that college is probably the best time to meet a marital partner, and if you pursue education beyond college and postpone marriage, you meet fewer and fewer eligible people...

     
  • At 8:12 AM, Blogger Allison said…

    Currently, I am the one in the family with the graduate degree (M.Ed.), and my husband has encouraged me through the entire process. (Of course, he may go back to school one day and get some crazy Ph.D. to show me up, but I'd be proud of it!)

    I think the really intelligent men are the ones who marry intelligent women. It may be because most of the husbands in our circle of friends graduated from Georgia Tech (and at least one of the wives), but it seems fairly evenly matched throughout our Christian friends. The wives in our church are (or have been at one time) nurses, engineers, teachers, writers, or other professionals. And many are now (or are about to become) mothers. Our pastor's wife, a mother of 4 boys, recently published a book, and is working on three more. Somehow, it has all worked out for the best.

    Our church's favorable statistics may very well be a fluke. But at least it shows that not ALL Christian men are intimidated by college girls.

     
  • At 10:00 PM, Blogger TulipGirl said…

    And then there are women like a sweet lady I knew in Texas. . . Had a rough life. Dropped out of high school. Eventually married an engineer, with extensive education.

    Last I saw her, she was reading her way through the classics, approaching much in life in admirable autodidactic fashion, and homeschooling her boys well up to her husband's educational standards.

    She would have blossomed in university. But she didn't go, and it didn't intimidate her to be married to an intelligent man--just inspired her to continue her own education on her own.

     
  • At 7:59 AM, Blogger Allison said…

    Great story, tulipgirl...

    One of the wisest and most intelligent older women I know was married right out of high school, but she has raised a grand, godly family and reads and serves and teaches with gusto now even into her 70's.

    You're right, intelligence does not necessarily necessitate higher education. I think we'd all agree with that.

     

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