This was inevitable: Social-justice warriors are now saying that Mother’s Day is gender-exclusionary.
Writing in the Toronto Star, columnist Emma Teitel says that such “gendered holidays” are “generally a drag for non-binary parents who don’t identify with a single gender.”
There’s even a proposed “Non Binary Parents Day” (July 17), Teitel notes. But she has a different idea: Getting rid of both Mother’s and Father’s Day, and, “in the spirit of both inclusivity and selfishness,” opting for a gender-neutral “Guardians Day.”
“A guardian can be a mom, a dad, a non-binary parent, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle, a pet owner, or why the heck not—somebody who takes really good care of his houseplants,” she writes.
This Mother’s Day, several transgender people have written or posted video describing how the holiday can trigger feelings of guilt and confusion.
In a YouTube video this week, a transgender woman wrote about how Mother’s Day “can be a very hard day” because as a parent, “I didn’t fit into either the mother or father category. … We’re in this weird kind of in-between space.”