Last year I wrote about my father. I wanted to write something this year about my mother, but none of my stories could demonstrate some of the important ways she has been my mom, so I made a list of these important things instead.
THE INFANTILIZATION OF WOMEN
If you’ve never heard of the “infantilization” of women, allow me to introduce you; it is an incredible phenomenon by which our society systemically equates femininity with things like vulnerability, submission, uncertainty, and childhood. To be womanly today is to be, in many senses, infantile (cf Codes of Gender).
We see the effects of this social game played out in our efforts to mask age all the time; dyeing hair, liposuction, face-lifts, plastic surgery, anti-aging cream, hormonal injections, lying at a birthday party. We want to appear younger, and our desire to do so is hardly “vain” or “shallow;” it makes all too perfect sense in a culture that vilifies old age. Read more “The Infantilization of Women and a Theology of Aging (Getting Age Wrong Part 2)”
We are making men and women out of babies. I know that’s eventually the point, but we’re doing it entirely too fast. What is worse, our society rushes us out of childhood only to spend the rest of our lives convincing us that we’re too old. Where’s the love?
GROWING UP WAY TOO FAST
This will be my brief attempt at justifying a lamentation of the loss of childhood in our culture. Read more “Growing Up Way Too Fast (Getting Age Wrong Part 1)”