How can ‘mother’ be a sexist stereotype?

Posted By on June 5, 2010

From Mercatornet:

While most Europeans worry their heads off about what is happening to the euro and the economy, certain members of the European political bureaucracy are getting on with more important things. Like drafting long resolutions about how to combat gender stereotypes in the media and having even longer meetings to get their ideas endorsed…. Let me say, straight off, that there are media stereotypes that undermine women’s dignity and in some cases are downright insulting…. But when Doris Stump, Swiss member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Third Vice-Chairperson of its Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, lumps the sexy announcer thing together with the portrayal of women as mothers, I’m afraid she has lost the plot, and the attention of most women.

OK, so we definitely do not want sexualised images of women, but how are these in the same league as pictures of family-centred women? And why does Ms Stump go on to say that an emphasis on what is “feminine” or “maternal” (in quotation marks, as though she doesn’t believe in such concepts) contributes to women’s “invisibility” in the world’s media. The majority of the world’s women are mothers, are they not?

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Mrs. Chancey is the mother of 12 children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.


2 Responses to “How can ‘mother’ be a sexist stereotype?”

  1. ladyscott says:

    Sooooo…..according to Ms. Stump women will always be steriotyped as women until they become—well—men. Or, perhaps to be more precise, until men and women meld together into some egalitarian, unisexual being.

    To attack motherhood on the same level as sexual exploitation of women (which I feel is a two-sided coin the feminists keep inconsitently flipping–gee, women should have sexual freedom, but boy oh boy, those men better not oogle-eye us!) is ridiculous!

  2. madgebaby says:

    This individual seems extreme, but so far as the UNCEDAW I think that is more intended to address countries where women are not allowed to be educated at all, where they are allowed no ownership of property or are not allowed a livelihood. Given your other views I’m doubtful you approve of the UN; I’m not attempting to open that conversation. I merely wanted to point out that there is a big difference between the situation in our country, where women are full and equal citizens and have all the rights thereunto appertaining, and countries where they are traded like animals between men and where they have no right to leave an abusive relationship, no ability to support themselves or their children if need be, and no basis access to health care and education.

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