Sunday, May 13, 2012

What Mothers Truly Deserve for Mothers Day

In no particular order and not a full list by any means..... but here goes:

To love herself unconditionally.

To feel full of self confidence.

To have a healthy and positive body image.

To have a sex positive society that allows her to explore her sexuality and be free to express herself sexually without shame and with protection of her health.

If she has a partner that they help her do chores, cook, clean, run errands, and take care of their children.

Access to affordable organic non-gmo free range non-factory farmed cruelty-free chemical-free food.

Access to the time and safe space to exercise and cook and eat slow, healthy, and nutritious meals.

To have a society that helps her raise her children.

To have her government give her child free childcare, healthcare, education (through college), and counseling.

To be able to work a meaningful job where she owns the means of production and collectively benefits from work she produces.

To have enough time to spend with their children, partner, and with herself.

To be able to express healthfully and assertively all her emotions, feelings, and thoughts.

To be actively listened to, validated, and supported by others.

To have friends, social connections, and a rich network of community networks.

To have free access to comprehensive reproductive rights and services, including free birth control and on demand abortion.

Equal pay to men.

Pass the equal rights amendment.

Access to free health care, education, parenting classes, support groups, and counseling for themselves.

Guaranteed income, and all basic needs met-- food, clothing, shelter.

A living wage, benefits, and a good amount of paid vacation and parental leave time.

To live in a society free of poverty, exploitation, oppression, sexism, patriarchy, racism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, heteropatriarchy, ableism, sizesm, ageism, xenophobia, prejudice, or discrimination.

To have self-determination, self-worth, dignity, liberty, agency, self-activation, self-actualization, and the ability to reach her highest potential.

To marry or not and still receive the same benefits and protections regardless.

Access to social security and full pension retirement at age 55.

Support in care taking for elderly parents.

The right to die with dignity and in the manner of ones choosing.

To determine what she does with her own life and body without criminalization.

For the government to give children's allowances to help support in the raising of children.

The ratification of The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and any and all human rights conventions and laws that protect women and children.

A life free from violence and abuse in any form.

The end of foreign wars, the drug war, imperialism, and capitalism.

Full, complete, and utter liberation.

Now that would be one. happy. mothers. day.

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