ways to be a better son and husband
Television start to present more and more mother and wife characters as time goes on. It seems that most mothers depicted in shows meant for families or younger audiences are helicopter moms. Overbearing and always in opposition to their children,especially in the ones featuring teenage girls. Now while these shows are usually riddled with comedic references there is a backbone of a story that shows mother knows best at the end of the day.
The news seems to be a less positive light than some of the other things we have studied this semester. Nine times out of ten the news we see about mothers is negative. It could be a woman publicly shamed for breast feeding or a mother with postpartum drowns her children. I would love to see the headline that says mother and wife saves children daily from making stupid decisions and not starving to death.
I feel like the above picture accurately describes what I learned about mothers and women in general when it comes to advertisements. These Ad companies seem to think every woman is bare foot and pregnant looking for something to clean or cook while she has a baby on her hip. Granted it has gotten a lot better as time has progressed but we still see pictures like these that are the face of products that are targeted towards women. As I have said before women and mothers should be praised or though of for being not only the greatest cook, greatest cleaner, or greatest home maker; they should be praised for the pure fact that the majority of the male population would not get by without them. They are crucial to our lives and would be a detriment if lost.
The Feminine Mystique
In closing I would just like to thank Stacy Aschenbeck for opening my eyes to how much my mother and my future wife are worth. This class has not only given me knowledge in the history of how society has represented mothers but it has really touched me personally in how I deal with the women in my life. I didn't treat them wrong before it was just I didn't appreciate them for what they were really worth. I think it is easy for us as children to take our mothers for granted because we expect them to always be there, but as my novel and my music projects have shown that is not always the case. So I will have to say without a shadow of a doubt my biggest take away from this class is the fact that I need to love and appreciate the women in my life more. I heavily encourage more men to take this class since we ourselves will never truly understand what women go through as mothers we should at least try to scratch the surface. I may be alone in my feelings about this but I think this is one of the most influential classes I have taken at A&M and I will forever remember it.