HeatherN appreciates the sentiment behind the Mother’s Day card for Dad, but wonders if society might be better served with one united “Parents’ Day” holiday.
So I was reading my usual range of blogs and news sites when I came across a link to this “Happy Mother’s Day, Dad” card. I have to say I’m at a bit of a loss as to how to react. On the one hand it’s a card that’s all about recognizing that non-nuclear families are loving families. On the other, it seems to be perpetuating the traditional gender definitions, by implying that “both roles,” that the description mentions are inherently gendered. I read that, and I get the feeling it’s suggesting that the roles of ‘mother’ and ‘father’ are two distinct roles that don’t actually overlap. It seems to imply that when a Dad starts filling the parental role traditionally held by a woman, he’s no longer the ‘father’ but rather the ‘mother,’ and vice versa. However, I’m not a parent and I’m not a gay man, so maybe I’m reading too much into it.
So is this card problematic in the way it emphasizes the gendered parental roles?
Is it just a really sweet card that recognizes not all families are nuclear families?
Are Mother’s Day and Father’s outdated themselves? Should we instead just have Parents’ Day?