I wrote this in 2014 but, unfortunately, it’s all still true, so I’ll repost it, even though I haven’t updated the links with more up-to-date examples of women’s lower pay rates and the legislating of women’s wombs.
You’ll have to forgive me if I’m cranky about Mother’s Day. Once again the world will be draped in its annual pink haze, but I’m not feeling it.
One reason I’m cranky — Mother’s Day is another working Sunday, with the addition of a whole lotta cultural baggage that doesn’t have a thing to do with Jesus. Still, the baggage can’t be ignored because it packs a wallop for a lot of folks. I have another post about church celebrations on Mother’s Day.
The other reason I’m cranky — Mother’s Day is a massive contradiction. Do we actually respect women in our culture, or do we think we can pawn them off with a card and a brunch once a year while we ignore facts like these . . .
~ women still earn only 77 cents on a man’s dollar
~ legislators pass harsh laws about female reproductive organs (did you know there are also male reproductive organs?)
~ there is much talk about whether women can “have it all” when the question doesn’t even come up for men
~ we don’t talk frankly about the fact that the church is becoming a pink ghetto, and what that means in terms of salary and power structures
Go ahead, paint the world pink for a day. I’ll wait. Sooner or later brunch will be over and you’re going to need something from the women who are holding up the world. Then we’ll talk.
If mothers know anything at all, we know the importance of the long game.