Mary Rice Hasson Speaks on Gender Roles and Attitudes in Society | Benedictine College

Gender Roles and Attitudes in Society

Mary Hasson Talks with Benedictine College Students

Published: Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mary Hasson Speaks at Benedictine College

Benedictine College and the Gregorian Fellows welcomed Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., a Fellow in the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Catholic Studies program in Washington, D.C, to campus on Feb. 29. Hasson delivered a lecture on gender ideology and attitudes regarding the roles, rights and responsibilities of women and men in society.

“If we get rid of human nature, of men and women, we get rid of the family,” she said.

Hasson argued that gender theory’s impact on culture has been pervasive because it has entered the media, businesses and language. As gender theory continues to permeate society, the definitions of men, women and the family are being distorted.  She encouraged Christians and businesses to follow their conscience and reject the intimidation associated with the gender theory narratives.

“Will Catholic anthropology become unintelligible to the average Catholic?” she asked. “Yes, if it is not countered.”

Hasson said that the clash of Catholic anthropology and gender theory stems from a different understanding of dignity. She argued that to fully counter the effects of gender theory Christians need to focus on unifying body and soul.

“Are we people with dignity, made in the image of God, or only defined by autonomous will?” she said.

Hasson recently completed a book that explores Catholic women’s views on sexual morality and reproduction. She previously co-authored a study on media ratings, published in Pediatrics (June 2011), and co-authored a leading book on Catholic homeschooling. Hasson writes for the Catholic News Agency, several Catholic parenting websites, the international human rights website, and blogs at wordsfromcana.

She is a frequent speaker on family and cultural issues, having been interviewed by a wide range of media outlets including CNN, EWTN, the BBC, the Associated Press (AP) and local radio and print publications. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School. She and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the parents of seven children, have been named the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.