This post appeared on my original blog on November 22, 2018. I am reposting it today, because I have a bit of writer’s block, and this post is a good one.
Yesterday, I happened to come across a screenshot someone took of Hyles-Anderson College’s Web site. I have written about Hyles-Anderson College before. It’s basically a fundie Baptist run college in Indiana, where young adults go to be treated like children. That idea was really driven home when I took a gander of the screenshot, which details what men and women are allowed to keep in their dorm rooms. Check this out.
Am I to understand that men are allowed to bring a bookshelf, but women can’t?
Notice that the shelf can’t have doors on it. Why? Because doors would hide any contraband books that these college students shouldn’t be reading. Wouldn’t want a copy of 50 Shades of Grey to make it on campus, right? I’m not sure if Hyles-Anderson students are allowed to use reading devices like Kindles or iPads. I would imagine they would be off limits.
Someone did bring up the point that these restrictions might be about space in the dorm rooms. I spent four years living in dorms myself, so I know space is a premium. It still seems odd that the ladies aren’t specifically told they are allowed a bookshelf. But then, I don’t think Hyles-Anderson College is that much about higher learning, particularly for the women who attend. This seems to be more of a place for people to find their mates before becoming “ministers”.
Notice that the ladies are only allowed one refrigerator per room, while the men can have two. Do people now bring more than one fridge to college? And the ladies are not allowed their own microwave, but the men can have two microwaves in their rooms. Wouldn’t want the ladies to eat too much popcorn, I guess.
No need for the ladies to bring their own cars, unless she has a job where college transport doesn’t go. I’m actually surprised the women are allowed to work off campus. The men can bring cars. No sweat.
Some time ago, I posted some videos that were done by leaders at Hyles-Anderson College. One of the leaders, Jack Schaap, is currently sitting in a prison cell for raping a sixteen year old girl. Schaap also memorably preached a sermon during which he polished a rod as if he were masturbating, simulating a hypothetical conversation between God and a man. It’s quite the spectacle.
I can’t imagine how I would have reacted if I had been listening to this live…
Jack Schaap’s views on women… of course, now he’s behind bars.
I would hope that any student in college would be encouraged to read. Reading is fundamental to learning. Maybe I watched too many episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, but it does seem pretty sad to me that young women in college are not being encouraged to bring books… and bookshelves to hold their books… on all manner of topics. That being said, I also realized that Hyles-Anderson College is a private Christian college and it’s not accredited, so people who choose to go there probably look for that type of legalistic environment. Or perhaps their parents do. This is the only college I know of that divides its curriculum by sex.
A bonus video… Talk about a treasure trove of fundie weirdness. I especially enjoyed the bit about “heifers wearing britches”.