Informal Feminism

{May 8, 2011}   Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day! I’m going to try to keep the post light hearted this week and talk about the importance of mother’s. The first thing I want to do is give a shout-out to my own mother, without whom I would not have become the woman I am. She is the toughest and most loving woman I know. She spent our childhood not only raising us but also working fulltime and still managed to turn out some pretty alright kids. She worked hard to instil us with good values and she is also one of my best friends. When I was in high school we had a Gilmore girls mother-daughter relationship, we were close. She has always been a person that I am able to open up to and share with. We live far apart now and don’t get to see each other or talk as often as we would like but I miss her everyday and when we do get together I am always sad when its time to go our separate ways again. So to my Mom I want to say Happy Mothers Day. Now let’s talk about the importance of Mothers.

Mothers are one of the most important elements of our society, since they are the ones who are in charge of raising the next generation of society. Many mothers pull a double work day, they work at their jobs all day and then they come home and have to be mom all night, this means that they are constantly doing some form of work all day. This can be very challenging and mothers never seem to get the appreciation that they deserve for pulling this long work days. So today if you have a mother who works a job and comes home to feed you, do laundry, clean the house, and take care of other domestic matters it is the right time to tell them how important they are.

It is not only the mother who pulls the double work day that deserves appreciation today but the stay-at-home moms as well. Stay-at-home mothers in our society are often perceived as lazy because they don’t have a job but this undervalues the work that they do at home, which can be more work then a full-time job. They never leave their jobs because their worksite is their home. They are also the ones who are in charge of raising the children in the home and reproducing our society. Mother’s raise the next generation of people and in doing so are integral to producing a society of quality human beings. So today if you have a stay-at-home mom, tell her how much you appreciate her and all the things she does for you.

As a feminist I have constantly heard that feminist hate families and have little to no respect for women who are also mothers. Every feminist I know would disagree with that. There is a high level of respect for women who are mothers in our society amongst feminists. Where the problem lies for a feminist is to see these women being undervalued and underappreciated. We expect these women to do everything for us and to work extremely long days without ever being told how important they are to us. It takes a lot from a woman to become a mother because often they lose themselves in it, they take more care of their family then they do of themselves. They work hard to ensure that their family stays healthy and happy, often at the expense of their own personal health and are not recognized for it. So while today is Mother’s Day and you should appreciate your mother because of the day, don’t forget to appreciate her the other 364 days of the year.


Marnie says:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I miss you every single day also!! I love you very much and I am so so
proud of the woman you are! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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