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Most moms are so unequivocally selfless, that when asked what they want to do for Mother’s Day, they’ll say that being with you—anywhere with you—is enough. Don’t believe it. If there was ever a person worth rolling out the red carpet for, it’s your mom, so instead of going to the kind of place that would so much as deign to serve a burger (not that there’s generally anything wrong with that) go for...
This Sunday is Mother's Day and while I know all of you have already figured out how to celebrate the mother in your life (or mother-figure; no need to get hung up on labels!), I figured that just in case you still needed a little bit of help, I'd fill you in on what I think are some of the best ways to celebrate your mother. Or, for that matter, any woman you know...
Bad mothers are everywhere, it sometimes seems. Perhaps this is because nothing is as boring as a "good mother," with all the attendant implications of domesticity and self-sacrifice and, well, banality. But we call bullshit on that! If anything, "good mothers" are more complicated and more conflicted and more deserving of our praise and attention. Being bad is easy, but being good to the most ego-driven monsters (aka children) on earth? That's much more...
In literature, the only good mother is a dead mother. Or maybe a dying mother. Nowhere is the Madonna/whore complex more apparent than in our culture's fictional depictions of motherhood. All too often, mothers are portrayed as either a too-good-to-be-true family matriarch or an ethically compromised woman who makes flawed—and even, at times, fatal—choices regarding her family. Sure, there are many nuanced portraits out there of maternal figures, but it's the fictional mothers who...

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