Maybe They Just Hate Their Mums?
Posted by Reading Aquinas
It must be difficult having to wake up every morning and be looking for things to be outraged about. But feminists somehow manage to do it all the time.
A cardstore released this mother’s day commercial that showed real applicants getting interviewed for a job that seemed to appeal to nobody but the sufficiently masochistic, only for them (and us) to find out that the job being described was one which billions of mothers are currently filling.
You would think a nice tribute like that would warm everyone’s hearts and let them realize and appreciate the burdens of motherhood.
You would be wrong, however. Because ‘feminism’.
Response to the ad from one feminist Ms. Williams, writer for Salon Magazine:
“And I don’t appreciate messages that seem to build women up while essentially telling them that nothing they can achieve in life matters more than having babies. You want to thank women, want to show women they have value? Close the wage gap. Challenge the insidious rape culture that exists in the military and in our colleges. Join the fight for our reproductive rights, so we can decide when and if we choose motherhood, safely. Don’t pat us on the head and minimize our contributions outside of the domestic sphere..[and yakity shmakity, blah blah blah]”
Here’s another silly feminist response to the ad from Smriti Sinha, of PolicyMic:
“It’s also a little odd that for all its grueling demands, the job listing promised “a lifetime of purpose and meaningful connection,” another statement that suggests motherhood is the be-all, end-all for women..More than 70% of women in United States work outside the home, so while no one is saying that motherhood is easy, it’s clear that women can have challenging and, dare we say it, rewarding careers outside of it.[..]Plus, we really don’t need a card company to remind us to appreciate mothers [And blah blah blah..].”
Why don’t you ladies just calm the f@#% down.
The ad was merely a tribute to mothers; “thanks for all that hard and often unappreciated work, mom.” That’s it. I mean, sure, there were some exaggerations here and there, like when motherhood was called “the world’s hardest job,’ say — surely defusing IED’s or shovelling shit in some sewage plant is colossally more cumbersome. But that’s all scarcely to the point, which was that everyone should stop for a moment and show their mothers the appreciation they deserve. And, except to the sufficiently moronic, the ad can hardly be interpreted to be saying that “nothing [women] can achieve in life matters more than having babies.” — it’s even more than a bit mind-numbing that one could even argue that that was what the ad was “essentially” about without feeling the slightest bit embarrassed.
See, feminists can find the most trivial thing and politicize the hell out of it. Anything with an atom that can plausibly be used to push the feminist agenda won’t be considered too fleeting and banal toward that end. They can, and have not infrequently been able to, make a Himalayas out of a damn mole-hill; men opening doors for women or helping them lift their luggage up a plane’s compartment bin get called benevolent sexists, for crying out loud.
I mean, sure, ‘women’s rights’ (rah rah rah!) — or at least the ones that don’t involve the corpses of babies — I’m down with that. But it’s things like these that make the whole ‘girl-power/Amah survivah!’ thing look just downright ridiculous, and nudges one to reconsider whatever enthusiasm one had for the movement as a whole.