A number of different companies, and even a few schools, have started taking an alternative approach to Mother’s Day in order to make it more inclusive. Waitrose has started selling gender-neutral Mother’s Day cards with titles such as “Happy You Day” while other companies, such as Scribbler, have run with cards that read:
“Dad, thanks for being the most amazing mum.”
Waitrose has started selling gender-neutral Mother's Day cards to be trans-inclusive, as we report in today's paper. They seem to have taken the card off their website since we asked them about it... but here's a screenshot. pic.twitter.com/uZ64iXtdin— Andrew Gilligan (@mragilligan) 11 March 2018
Meanwhile, Consett Junior School in County Durham and Heltwate School in Peterborough have both removed all references on their websites to “Mother’s Day” and have instead referred to it as “Special Person’s Day.”
Transgender activists have offered a number of different names that could be used. Karen Pollock said that Mothering Sunday was an ideal name because “anyone could be mothering” while others have suggested “Guardian’s Day” or “Carer’s Day”. The move has sparked an online backlash with many people feeling that it is a push to take “PC culture” too far. Others have said that it is a small issue that doesn’t really affect them, and if it makes others feel more included then it should be welcomed.
In similar news, Germany has considered changing its national anthem to refer to the “homeland” instead of the “fatherland” while scout leaders have been asked to no longer refer to scouts as “boys” or “girls”. Instead they are meant to say things like, “Hey everybody” when addressing a gathering of scouts.
Now we have gender neutral Mothers’ Day. https://t.co/D8aMJ4SaLA— Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) 11 March 2018
Early last year the British Medical Association issued a statement telling health professionals they should avoid referring to pregnant women as “expectant mothers” because it assumes gender, and may offend people who are transgender. The announcement came not long after a transgender man who had retained his uterus became one of the first men in the world to become pregnant. Their statement read:
“A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying 'pregnant people' instead of 'expectant mothers'.”