What is Mother’s Day about?

Childfreedom discusses what Mother’s Day is really all about.

I don’t think anyone would disagree that parents do so much for their kids (if they are parenting correctly, anyway) but here’s my question. Why should a person be honored and worshipped for taking care of their responsibilities? A person makes the choice to reproduce and bring another person into the world, so shouldn’t it be expected that they will take care of the being they produced? It’s not some heroic act of charity and kindness that propels them into caring for their children – it’s duty. Do they really deserve a national holiday to thank them for meeting their responsibilities? We have 3 cats who we chose to bring into our household, so we take care of them. I feed them twice a day, hubby cleans their litterboxes and we give them lots of love and attention every day. This is the responsibility that comes along with having pets and we knew this going in. We chose to have them, so we must take care of them properly. That makes us responsible. It doesn’t make us saintly or deserving of a national holiday to celebrate the wonderfulness that is the pet owner.

It all comes back to the persistent mythology in our culture which defines parenthood as the most saintly, selfless and important role a person can undertake in life.

4 thoughts on “What is Mother’s Day about?

  1. Gomi May 13, 2012 at 20:29

    What holiday isn’t ultimately about meaningless platitudes? Birthdays, anniversaries, the various winter holidays, national pride holidays, Arbor Day, May 1st… All based on various mythologies, whether cultural or religious.

    Doesn’t mean it’s not nice to express thanks to someone who’s cared for you, though. But a holiday built around it is more about buying cards and flowers than that.

    • Sardo Numpsa May 14, 2012 at 05:12

      Martin Luther King Day?

      • Gomi May 14, 2012 at 05:41

        A holiday generally celebrating an idealized myth, rather than the real person.

  2. Brian Will May 13, 2012 at 23:53

    A lot of people cared for me during my lifetime; where are the holidays expressing thanks to aunts/uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends? Every person who displays love deserves our thanks, parents aren’t the only people doing that during one’s lifetime. Our culture’s idolatrous obsession with being a biological mom and dad needs to end.

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