Boycotting Mother's Day


Mother’s Day can be a time of sadness and misery for women dealing with infertility. Many times women are advised to take care of themselves, hunker down and enjoy relaxing, favorite things, or maybe spend time with compassionate loved ones and enjoy the simple abundance of the life you have. This year, the American Fertility Association has suggested an alternative to that approach: Boycotting Mother’s Day entirely. In their view, and interestingly enough in the view of the woman who founded it, Mother’s Day has lost its original intent and become a commercialization of all things maternity.

Honoring women who change the world

Anna Jarvis, the reluctant visionary who founded and promoted Mother’s Day, developed the idea as a way of honoring her mother years after her own mother died. Her vision was that Mother’s Day Work Clubs would arise across the country devoted to improving sanitary and health conditions for factory workers as well as caring for the need of wounded soldiers during the Civil War. The holiday was intended to celebrate the work of mothers not motherhood. In fact, Anna Jarvis had no children of her own.

Not their ability to reproduce

So the fact of the matter is, this holiday was designed or intended to celebrate the many ways women go out into the world and change it, help it, mold it to be a better place. It was not meant at all to celebrate bodies that reproduce.

This is every woman’s holiday

Anna Jarvis became frustrated with the misinterpretation of the holiday and boycotted it until her death. As more and more people used the holiday to promote their causes and sell their products she became disillusioned and actually fought against them. The AFA suggests we do the same and turn our backs on what this holiday has become and instead look at what was intended. Instead of staying home, get out and make a difference. Decide to change the world through volunteer efforts and acts of kindness. Turn your instincts to nurture and care to the outside world and celebrate your power to make a difference. This is truly a holiday for all women.

Source: AFA


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