There is no tradition too embedded, too important, or too trivial to escape the notice of the permanently outraged. That’s been made clear over and over again. Whether we’re talking about feminists, racial complainers, the LGBTQ lullaby league, or any other version of the “oppressed,” today’s social justice warriors live to find things to block, whine about, and stamp with their favorite sticker: BIGOTRY.
With half a year still to go until Halloween, they are turning their sights on none other than Mother’s Day.
According to Toronto Star columnist Emma Teitel, gendered holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can “make people feel excluded.”
From the Not Making This Up Department:
Today, Mother’s Day means many things to many people — breakfast in bed, flowers, scented candles, mugs that say “Number 1 mom” — but social justice isn’t usually one of them. Brunch is.
The gendered holidays are generally a drag for non-binary parents who don’t identify with a single gender. Some of these parents have even begun advocating online for the creation of a brand new holiday to recognize parents who aren’t male or female. (A proposed date for “Non Binary Parents Day” is July 17).
Teitel hits a few other, mildly-less ridiculous points (parents who have lost children can find the holidays painful; these holidays often wind up adding more stress to the very people they are designed to honor), but since neither of those problems would be solved by her solution – a neutral holiday called “Guardian’s Day” – we can assume that they didn’t really inspire the column.
So the question becomes: How far must we go as a country to cater to one of the smallest minorities in the world? How many of our traditions must we abolish to make life happier for those who consider themselves neither male nor female? How far outside the realm of common sense, science, and history must we wander before every single American can find peace?
What Teitel must realize is that someone, somewhere can find a reason to be upset about anything. We’ve already seen how many bizarre ethnic complaints have been generated by Columbus Day and Halloween, but people have been lamenting the sadness of Christmas and Valentine’s Day for years as well. Should we just get rid of all the holidays?
Wouldn’t it be easier to remind people that these holidays are not mandatory? If you don’t like them, don’t celebrate them.
Ah, but then what would they have to get angry about…