As we celebrate mother’s day …

Whatever we do, life for me boils down to reading something about it. As we celebrate mother’s day, I end up reading about how and when this tradition started. I remember doing the exact same thing some years back while in this far away land. Back at home, in the Maldives, mother’s day comes and goes quietly. Alas, as things are I had forgotton about reading about it earlier. Also, as things are, now there are more to read about the same topic.

Back then there was no twitter. Now there is and it leads to more links on the hashtag #MothersDay.

The most interesting thing that caught my eye was the information about West Virginia Wesleyan’s Antolini, who wrote “Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Defense of Her Mother’s Day” as her Ph.D. dissertation. AND this read also led me to another researcher, Nicole Gilbert Cote, studying the Father’s Day phenomena and that piqued my interest more as it appears to take a phenomenological angle for this particular research. I haven’t been able to find the specific dissertation; however, the following paper is of interest.

  • Title: Flowers for Mom, a Tie for Dad: How Gender is Created on Mother’s and Father’s Day
  • Author/Creator: Cote, Nicole ; Deutsch, Francine
  • Subjects: Mother’s Day ; Father’s Day ; Motherhood ; Fatherhood ; Gender ; Gender construction
  • Is Part Of: Gender Issues, 2008, Vol.25(4), pp.215-228 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Description: Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations were investigated to understand how gender is created on these two occasions. Fifty-three heterosexual couples were interviewed about family holidays. Mother’s Day was given more attention than Father’s Day. Families spent more time celebrating; they were more likely to eat out, and were more likely to celebrate with others. Mothers were also more likely to receive gifts than fathers. The gendering of the holidays was reflected in the more stereotypical gifts received on Mother’s and Father’s Day than on birthdays, and in that mothers were more likely to report relief from chores on Mother’s Day than fathers were on Father’s Day ( p  < .01). Families in which women worked full-time and whose husbands contributed substantially to domestic labor were as likely to celebrate in gendered ways as traditional families were. These holidays reflect and promote hegemonic notions of the gendered nature of motherhood and fatherhood.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1098-092X ; E-ISSN: 1936-4717 ; DOI: 10.1007/s12147-008-9066-4

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