Image by Maddy Pease
FEM Newsmagazine presents “Letters to Womxn in Your Life” on Bruin Walk this Friday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event gives folks the opportunity to write and mail letters to their mothers and/or mother figures. Besides mailed letters, folks can also write their thoughts about Mother’s Day and have them posted up on a board.
Through “Letters to Womxn in Your Life,” FEM seeks to create a space for open conversations about Mother’s Day. We want to acknowledge the varied experiences that people have with their mothers. While motherhood can often be depicted as the epitome of love, nurture, and strength (as some social media posts and Hallmark cards can lead one to believe), the reality is that not everyone has a mother; not everyone has a good relationship with their mother; and not all mothers can be strong.
When asked about the importance of the event, second-year human biology and society student and FEM Arts and Creative staff writer Maddy Offerman stated, “I think it’s important to recognize mothers for the work they do and the impact they have on our lives, but also acknowledge that motherhood comes in many forms. Everyone’s experience with their mother or mother-like figure is valid, regardless of whether it fits societal norms. We want to create a space where we can have open discussions to deconstruct the concept of motherhood.”
Mothers can be toxic and unhealthy; but mothers can also be loving and nurturing. Mothers can be queer, undocumented, single, immigrants, men, transgender, young, untraditional, flawed, hurt, and human. FEM would like to invite all Bruins to participate in this open dialogue to create a fuller picture of what motherhood can look like. We hope to see you there!