Exercises such as this one are primarily acts of violence against the syllogism. The conclusion, "Women should not be educated" simply does not follow from the precept "women have a specific nature, with which they are endowed by God and that our society does not value." Nor is the conclusion that women were created solely for procreative means hold water: Adam does not say "here is a creature by whom I may populate the earth"; he says "here is a help like unto myself." The idea that marriage and the proper relation between the sexes lacks an intellectual component runs contrary to the practices of the Church as demonstrated by the lives of the saints -- see especially St. Thomas More, who insisted upon the education of his wives and daughters, not that they might wield masculine authority, but that he might not be bored to death in their company. A wife who lacks the capability to engage her husband in stimulating conversation will find herself, by necessity, neglected.
Our society's views on women, education, and the way in which the former is to be given the latter are extraordinarily distorted. But to deny categorically the appropriateness of higher education to all women as a matter of natural law goes too far.
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