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ALL MOTHERS MATTER by Joanne Viechweg

posted 22 May 2018, 19:20 by Gerry Kangalee
I looked and looked but none did I see; on the Magazine covers or on the TV. During the month of May we celebrate Mothers’ contribution to their families, communities and the nation by extension. Yet the media continue to inundate our subconscious minds with images of Mother which can be harmful to the psychological well-being and development of healthy levels of self-esteem among some sectors.

The images presented of Mother were far removed from the type of females many of us recognize as our Mother figures. The preferred visual was of the glamorous, sexy Mom; the Mom with the long, flowing hair, carefully contoured features, wearing designer clothing and who seemed to be living a life of luxury.

What about the Moms who are not so well to do? What about those magicians who hold the secret/s of how to create satisfying meals for the entire family from odds and ends that are left in the ‘fridge’? What about those heroines who go to bed many a night unsure of how they are going to provide for their children the next day – but they do. What about those women to whom the ideas of purchasing new clothing or going to the spa or beauty parlour are alien to their reality? What about them?

I have no problem with the charming, lovely mothers of our nation. They too make a contribution. However the images with which we are repeatedly presented skew our consciousness. Those repeated visuals embed in our minds that the glamorous women/mothers, the ones who are financially secure and who have achieved academically and/or professionally are the ones to be celebrated while the ordinary woman/mother is of little or no consequence. She remains invisible.

This is not a healthy mind-set to inculcate among our citizenry. It tends to devalue the hard work and efforts of the “ordinary’ Mother and the extraordinary contribution which she continues to make. It also tends to undermine this mother’s worth even in the eyes of her family by holding up the glamour as the ultimate goal necessary to acquire the respect of society.

A more balanced approach to the visuals which are released would be the more progressive way to go. This would help return us to the place where we can appreciate people for who they are and not for their status or possessions.