MUTTERTAG: Klein Antonya fragt…

Klein Antonya fragt:

Papa, was macht einen richtigen Mann aus?

Und der Papa antwortet:

Ein richtiger Mann ist, wer die volle Verantwortung für die Familie trägt, diese beschützt, und alles für die Familie tut.

Klein Antonya antwortet:

Wenn ich mal groß bin, dann will ich auch ein richtiger Mann werden, so wie Mama!


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Eine Antwort zu MUTTERTAG: Klein Antonya fragt…

  1. M.F.S. schreibt:

    Muttertag – und was dahinter steckt

    Erhebt euch, alle Frauen die Herzen haben, egal ob ihr mit Wasser oder mit Tränen getauft seid! Sagt deutlich: Wir werden die grossen Fragen nicht durch irrelevante Gremien entschieden haben. (J. W. Howe, 1870)

    Vergesst die Blumen, die Pralinen, die überteuerten Karten mit aufgedruckten Standartfloskeln. Die oft übersehenen oder nicht ernst genommenen Anliegen und Beiträge der Mütter in aller Welt sind von höchster politischer und sozialer Relevanz.

    Der folgende Appell ist eine der Grundlagen für einen offiziellen Feiertag zur Ehren der Mutter: Darin geht es nicht um romantisierende Vorstellungen oder um eine Vermarktung im Namen des uneingeschränkten Profites! Die Dringlichkeit, die Mütter als Bewahrerinnen des Friedens an zu erkennen und ihnen dazu eine Stimme zu verleihen, hat seither nicht abgenommen.

    Erstaunlicherweise ist nirgends eine deutsche Übersetzung auffindbar…

    Mothers‘ Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870

    Mother’s Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their
    sons. Here is the original Mother’s Day Proclamation from 1870, followed by a bit of history (or should I say „herstory“):


    Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
    whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

    Say firmly: „We will not have great questions decided by
    irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
    with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
    taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
    them of charity, mercy and patience.

    We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
    country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
    the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
    It says „Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
    of justice.“

    Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
    As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
    of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
    great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
    to bewail and commemorate the dead.

    Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
    means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
    bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
    but of God.

    In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
    general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
    appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
    the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
    alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
    of international questions, the great and general interests of

    Julia Ward Howe

    Mother’s Day for Peace – by Ruth Rosen.
    Honor Mother with Rallies in the Streets.The holiday
    began in activism; it needs rescuing from commercialism
    and platitudes.

    Every year, people snipe at the shallow commercialism of Mother’s Day. But to
    ignore your mother on this holy holiday is unthinkable. And if you are a
    mother, you’ll be devastated if your ingrates fail to honor you at least one
    day of the year.

    Mother’s Day wasn’t always like this. The women who conceived Mother’s Day
    would be bewildered by the ubiquitous ads that hound us to find that „perfect
    gift for Mom.“ They would expect women to be marching in the streets, not
    eating with their families in restaurants. This is because Mother’s Day began
    as a holiday that commemorated women’s public activism, not as a celebration
    of a mother’s devotion to her family.

    The story begins in 1858 when a community activist named Anna Reeves Jarvis
    organized Mothers‘ Works Days in West Virginia. Her immediate goal was to
    improve sanitation in Appalachian communities. During the Civil War, Jarvis
    pried women from their families to care for the wounded on both sides.
    Afterward she convened meetings to persuale men to lay aside their

    In 1872, Juulia Ward Howe, author of the „Battle Hymn of the Republic“,
    proposed an annual Mother’s Day for Peace. Committed to abolishing war, Howe
    wrote: „Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage… Our sons
    shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them
    of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of
    those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs“.

    For the next 30 years, Americans celebrated Mothers‘ Day for Peace on June 2.

    Many middle-class women in the 19th century believed that they bore a special
    responsibility as actual or potential mothers to care for the casualties of
    society and to turn America into a more civilized nation. They played a
    leading role in the abolitionist movement to end slavery. In the following
    decades, they launched successful campaigns against lynching and consumer
    fraud and battled for improved working conditions for women and protection for
    children, public health services and social welfare assistance to the poor.
    To the activists, the connection between motherhood and the fight for social
    and economic justice seemed self-evident.

    In 1913, Congress declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. By
    then, the growing consumer culture had successfully redefined women as
    consumers for their families. Politicians and businessmen eagerly enbraced
    the idea of celebrating the private sacrifices made by individual mothers. As
    the Florists‘ Review, the industry’s trade jounal, bluntly put it, „This was a
    holiday that could be exploited.“

    The new advertising industry quickly taught Americans how to honor their
    mothers – by buying flowers. Outraged by florists who were seling carnations
    for the exorbitant price of $1 apeice, Anna Jarvis‘ duaghter undertook a
    campaging against those who „would undermine Mother’s Day with their greed.“
    But she fought a losing battle. Within a few years, the Florists‘ Review
    triumphantly announced that it was „Miss Jarvis who was completely squelched.“

    Since then, Mother’s Day has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry.

    Americans may revere the idea of motherhood and love their own mothers, but
    not all mothers. Poor, unemployed rmothers may enjoy flowers, but they also
    need child care, job training, health care, a higher minimum wage and paid
    parental leave. Working mothers may enjoy breakfast in bed, but they also
    need the kind of governmental assistance provided by every other
    industrialized society.

    With a little imagination, we could restore Mother’s Day as a holiday that
    celebrates women’s political engagement in society. During the 1980’s, some
    peace groups gathered at nuclear test sites on Mother’s Day to protest the
    arms race. Today, our greatest threat is not from missilies but from our
    indifference toward human welfare and the health of our planet. Imagine, if
    you can, an annual Million Mother March in the nation’s capital. Imagine a
    Mother’s Day filled with voices demanding social and economic justice and a
    sustainable future, rather than speeches studded with syrupy platitudes.

    Some will think it insulting to alter our current way of celebrating Mother’s
    Day. But public activism does not preclude private expressions of love and
    gratitude. (Nor does it prevent people from expressing their appreciation all
    year round.)

    Nineteenth century women dared to dream of a day that honored women’s civil
    activism. We can do no less. We should honor their vision with civic

    Ruth Rosen is a professor of history at UC Davis.
    Reprinted with permission

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