What I have learned this semester
This semester I was able to see a broad and diverse range of how motherhood is portrayed in various medias. Although each media type portrayed mother uniquely, I was able to see some overall commonalities. First off, it seems that the media often portrays mothers as perfect, beautiful super-moms who never miss a beat or mess up. There is a high expectation for what a mother should live up to in things like advertisements and movies. In reality, most mothers are not perfect, and we were even able to see the complete opposite side of the spectrum through our news-stories presentations. It seemed that news outlets would often use stories of horrible mothers to make for shocking stories. This leaves us with little in-between, or moms who mess up sometimes, but are supportive nerveless. I felt that the media has a hard time conveying the deep love and devotion most mothers feel towards their children. My favorite project was the surveys and ad-project, because I got to hear feedback about the material I was learning from real moms. I loved getting to read how real mothers felt about the media, as well as what they thought it meant to be a mom.
I really enjoyed the layout of this class. I preferred frequent, less-stressful projects over test-heavy grades, because I never felt like I had to cram things in and I found the projects to be both enjoyable and informative. By getting interactive with the material (like survey results or old magazines), I was able to formulate my own opinions and see a diverse range of information on the topic of motherhood. Also, the course benefited my presentation skills.
To my future child, I would tell them I have learned that being a mom is hard, and I will not always get it "right" or be perfect. No matter what, I will always love you, and I will do my best to raise you to be the best you can be and provide you with as many opportunities as I can! I will work hard to set a good example for you by being kind to others. I will do my best to not let the little things cause me stress, and I will try to enjoy every moment with you, because everyone tells me kids grow up so fast! I want you to be able to tell me everything, like I have with my mom. I will not constantly scrutinize you for making a mistake, because that is how you learn. I hope that you can always see through my concern for you, and know that it comes from a place of love, just as I have learned that lesson with my own mom.
Most moms thought this positively portrayed motherhood, but they were split almost half and half on whether or not they thought it accurately portrayed motherhood.
Over half of moms thought this negatively portrayed motherhood, and just over half said that it did not accurately portrayed motherhood.
Most moms thought this negatively portrayed motherhood, and did not think it accurately portrayed motherhood.
My Life on the Refrigerator Door
My Life on the Refrigerator Door portrays mothers as strong and brave. The author made a point to represent Claire’s mom as a motherly figure who always knew the right thing to do in each situation.
'The Good Mother' movie
Mothers in the news
- Son numerously writes about having to hang an ugly painting his mom made for him in his home just as she had hung his tacky childhood artwork.
- A mother, who was clearly on drugs, was arrested after she "accidentally" dropped her baby in a rushing creek and failed to call authorities.
- Police are on the hunt for the mother of a newborn found buried alive, but miraculously still alive.
- A mom of two type-1 diabetic children uses her photography skills to give a voice to other children with diabetes, free of charge.
After researching news stories on my own and listening to the news stories my peers came up with, it seemed to me that mothers were either portrayed as totally incompetent or as supermoms.