Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission for family affairs, said in an interview with Radio Radonezh that girls should not go to school, but learn to be mothers in the future. According to the archpriest, girls have nothing to learn at school, they must help their parents, including care for younger children. The archpriest made such a statement answering the question about help in raising children. Archpriest Smirnov is known for his odious remarks.
The archpriest offers the modern society to do a rollback to positions in the best case of the beginning of the 20th century, and maybe even earlier. He proposes to return women their disempowerment by turning them into “baby machines” while denying most of their human rights, including the right to education.
Of course, it is no longer possible to exactly return modern society to the past. For normal life, it is nowadays necessary to have at the very least the secondary education. Parenting also requires a significant amount of knowledge that cannot be obtained without proper school education. Mass illiteracy can affect the standard of living and the demographic situation – an increase in mortality, various diseases, and health deterioration.
Nevertheless, Smirnov’s statement reflects the attitude of the Russian Orthodox Church towards women and the church’s instigation of gender discrimination. The church, on the other hand, pursues a policy that is beneficial to the exploiting classes, for whom discrimination is one of oppression instruments.