Brilliant. The brilliant Rita Banerji.
I know I’m going to be the party-pooper at this grande-monde day of celebration of madre-hood.
But here is why I don’t buy the idea of a ‘mother’s day’ or for that matter a ‘father’s day.’
One of my mother’s friends once commented, “You know that Elton John singer. He’s gay and he married a man (thank god!). And now they have a baby. That’s impossible.” I asked why. And she said, “How are they going to raise a baby without a mother? A baby needs a mother.” I told her that this ‘mother fixation’ was illogical and compulsive like the breast fixation that men have with regards to women. When I taught biology, I found that when asked to identify the sex of fetal pigs, the boys would invariably write, “Female, because it has nipples.” And I always told them that they needed to go home, take a good…
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