Recently, I shared an article on Facebook about three white supremacists who were arrested by the FBI. Someone commented, “Is there anything more pathetic than someone trying to use skin pigment to claim some sort of superiority?”
Something about that comment made me think of motherhood. Not the day-to-day operation of raising a child, but the idea of motherhood.
I didn’t immediately know why, but it soon came to me.
It’s because of the notion put forth by sexist, masculinist, patriarchal, what-have-you types who like to say “motherhood is the most important job in the world.”
Now, I would agree with them if what they meant was that the all-consuming job of responsibly and compassionately raising a good human being was the most important job in the world.
But that isn’t what they mean.
If they did, they would say “parenthood,” not motherhood, is the most important job in the world. If they thought raising children, and not just having them, was valuable, in their tweets and blogs and Make Dicks Into Monuments Again mutual masturbation conventions they would stress the importance of conscientious child-rearing and not the critical importance of women having sex that can result in offspring.
Which, coincidentally, takes only a little more effort than being born with white skin–the most significant thing a white person can do, according to white supremacists.
The comment on the white supremacist Facebook post made me think of the “high hopes” that women become mothers because the expectations are similarly low.
- Be born white
- Have sex without birth control
I mean, we don’t even have to study for it, or anything. Don’t even have to think.
I think I get it, now.
Kristen Tsetsi is the author of the novel The Age of the Child, “a conjecture of what could happen if the government gets too controlling of reproduction. The reasons people do want to and do not want to have children and what it means to be a child of both types of parents are explored keenly.” (Amazon review)