What Would Your Mom Think About This?

This Sunday be sure to give your mother parent a call and wish her that particular person a happy Mothers’ Parents’ Day. 

It appears that the United Nations’ Commitee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has serious concerns about the social ramifications of setting apart one day a year to show honor and gratitude to the women who carried us for nine months, who gave birth to us, who fed us, who clothed us, who sat up with us through fussy nights, who wiped our noses and tushies, who bathed us, who entertained us, who taught us the ABC’s and 123’s, who loved us through all the grief we gave them, who celebrated our successes, who hurt more than we realized when we failed, who nursed our wounds, who set us on course to be the people we are today. 

According to its report from the year 2000 (scroll down to page 45 and read paragraph 361),

The Committee is concerned by the continuing prevalence of sex-role stereotypes [in the nation of Belarus] and by the reintroduction of such symbols as Mothers’ Day and a Mothers’ Award, which it sees as encouraging women’s traditional roles.  It is also concerned whether the introduction of human rights and gender education aimed at countering such stereotyping is being effectively implemented.

I would like to insert a sarcastic comment here, but I think I have reached the end of sarcastic possibility.  Sarcasm requires some measure of hyperbole.  For example, in order to communicate the lunacy of the left-wing attack on everything good in this world, one might remark jokingly that the next thing liberals will want to do is outlaw Mothers’ Day.  It would seem to be self-evident that honoring and thanking one’s mother is a good thing, and thus the crack about banning Mothers’ Day would be an evident hyperbole for rhetorical effect. 

I don’t know how to hyperbolize above this.  These left-wingers actually do want to ban Mothers’ Day.  One thing is for sure: I would hate to be one of their mothers.


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