A few days ago I was trying to explain to a friend why I find the upcoming children's movie Mars Needs Moms problematic. As far as I can tell, the entire premise of the movie is that aliens from Mars are abducting moms from Earth to raise their own children. In the previews and commercials, the protagonist asks the aliens where he can find his mother and tells them, you know, she's the one who vacuums. I mentioned that if I were a dad, I would be kind of pissed off. He dismissed my concerns, asserting that he didn't think dads really cared about that stuff. I declined to mention all those crazed "men's rights" groups that seem to be made up of angry single dads. I tried to point out that
1) It establishes the mother as responsible for household work and child care
2) It neglects the role of the father
He just thought it was a dumb kids' movie that hit the Uncanny Valley too hard. But the commercials are ramping up as the movie approaches its release date and every time I see it, it pisses me the fuck off. It plays into a system that not only relegates women to a domestic role but trivializes mens' parental contribution. Anti-feminism hurts men too, but apparently I'm bumming people out so I should just shut up and enjoy the movie. Ugh.
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