History Main / MotherhoodIsSuperior

17th Nov '17 12:52:31 PM TriumphantMagician
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* A subtle example in the HarryPotter books. Despite James and Lily sacrificing their lives to protect their son, [[spoiler: it’s Lily’s love that protects Harry from Voldermort.]] Additionally, in a segment called ''The Women of Harry Potter'', J.K. Rowling admits that she intentionally used this trope in various ways throughout the series.
23rd Sep '17 4:39:59 PM Clanger00
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A DoubleStandard which states that mothers love their children more than their fathers do. Presumably the idea comes from the fact that since it's women who carry children, they are somehow more "connected" to them -- or perhaps because of MamasBabyPapasMaybe. This is especially present in works where the single mother is so much more common than single fathers, and when they "come back" (for one episode because StatusQuoIsGod) they're usually unloving or unreliable deadbeats.

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A DoubleStandard which states that mothers love their children more than their fathers do. Presumably the idea comes from the fact that since it's women who carry children, they are somehow more "connected" to them -- or perhaps because of MamasBabyPapasMaybe. This is especially present in works where the single mother is so much more common than single fathers, and when they "come back" (for one episode because StatusQuoIsGod) they're usually unloving or unreliable deadbeats.
23rd Sep '17 4:39:35 PM Clanger00
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* Played straight by anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.”

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* Played straight by anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Fathers are aren't biological necessities, but social accidents.”
22nd Sep '17 8:42:10 AM TriumphantMagician
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* Averted in ''Disney/{{Brave}}''. Queen Elinor's inability to understand or empathize with her daughter, Merida, forms the main conflict of the film.



* Played straight with anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.”
* Both averted and even inverted in [[http://news.yahoo.com/science-fatherhood-why-dads-matter-200244108.html;_ylt=A0LEVv3d3spVWDEAVT8PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg-- an article]] about the biological affects of fatherhood.

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* Played straight with by anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.”
* Both averted and even inverted in Averted by a couple of scientific articles about the biological affects of fatherhood.
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[[http://news.yahoo.com/science-fatherhood-why-dads-matter-200244108.html;_ylt=A0LEVv3d3spVWDEAVT8PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg-- an article]] about the biological affects The Science of fatherhood.Fatherhood: Why Dads Matter]]
** [[https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_daddy_brain/ The Daddy Brain]]
16th Sep '17 8:20:18 PM TriumphantMagician
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* Played straight with anthropologist Margaret Mead who once said, “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.”
* Both averted and even inverted in [[http://news.yahoo.com/science-fatherhood-why-dads-matter-200244108.html;_ylt=A0LEVv3d3spVWDEAVT8PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg-- this article]] about the biological affects of fatherhood.

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* Played straight with anthropologist Margaret Mead who once said, Mead: “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.”
* Both averted and even inverted in [[http://news.yahoo.com/science-fatherhood-why-dads-matter-200244108.html;_ylt=A0LEVv3d3spVWDEAVT8PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg-- this an article]] about the biological affects of fatherhood.



* Played straight in Obama's Father's Day [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf6D3UjqbkQ speech]] where he claims fathers are absent.
* Zigzagged in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exc6e3TUBWk this]] discussion about banning Fathers Day.


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* Played straight in Obama's Father's Day [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf6D3UjqbkQ speech]] where he claims speaks of fathers as absentees and deadbeats and mothers are absent.
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* Zigzagged in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exc6e3TUBWk this]] discussion discussion]] about banning Fathers Day.

16th Sep '17 8:15:49 PM TriumphantMagician
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Compare DisappearedDad, WhenYouComingHomeDad, RaisedByDudes, AllAbusersAreMale, WellDoneSonGuy, MyBiologicalClockIsTicking and NotWantingKidsIsWeird. Contrast StandardFiftiesFather, PapaWolf, ThePatriarch, MaternallyChallenged, MyBelovedSmother and EvilMatriarch. Compare and Contrast AbusiveParents, GoodParents, ParentsAsPeople and WickedStepmother.

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Compare DisappearedDad, WhenYouComingHomeDad, RaisedByDudes, AllAbusersAreMale, WellDoneSonGuy, MyBiologicalClockIsTicking and NotWantingKidsIsWeird. Contrast StandardFiftiesFather, PapaWolf, HouseHusband, ThePatriarch, PapaWolf, MaternallyChallenged, MyBelovedSmother and EvilMatriarch. Compare and Contrast AbusiveParents, GoodParents, ParentsAsPeople and WickedStepmother.



* Averted and even Inverted in [[http://news.yahoo.com/science-fatherhood-why-dads-matter-200244108.html;_ylt=A0LEVv3d3spVWDEAVT8PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg-- this article]] about the biological affects of fatherhood.

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* Averted Played straight with anthropologist Margaret Mead who once said, “Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.”
* Both averted
and even Inverted inverted in [[http://news.yahoo.com/science-fatherhood-why-dads-matter-200244108.html;_ylt=A0LEVv3d3spVWDEAVT8PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByOHZyb21tBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg-- this article]] about the biological affects of fatherhood.



* Played straight in Obama's Father's Day [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf6D3UjqbkQ speech]].

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* Played straight in Obama's Father's Day [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf6D3UjqbkQ speech]].speech]] where he claims fathers are absent.


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22nd Oct '16 4:28:45 PM Morgenthaler
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** Played with in ''Closing Time'', where Craig starts the episode doubting his ability to care for his baby son Alfie while Sophie is away, but ends up overcoming the Cybermen's attempts to convert him through ThePowerOfLove for Alfie. (According to the Doctor, who speaks Baby, Alfie also stops referring to Craig as "Not Mum" and calling him "Dad" by the end of the episode.)

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** Played with in ''Closing Time'', "Closing Time", where Craig starts the episode doubting his ability to care for his baby son Alfie while Sophie is away, but ends up overcoming the Cybermen's attempts to convert him through ThePowerOfLove for Alfie. (According to the Doctor, who speaks Baby, Alfie also stops referring to Craig as "Not Mum" and calling him "Dad" by the end of the episode.)
22nd Oct '16 4:28:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]] has a thumpingly unsubtle MotherhoodIsSuperior message, especially when the tree people reject males (even the Doctor) as their vessel because "You are weak", but accept females - Madge in particular - as "the mothership". British journalist Caitlin Moran figured that having spent the day corralling the family and making Christmas dinner for everyone, mothers would appreciate the boost "Yeah, we're the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek USS Enterprise]]''".

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[[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]] has a thumpingly unsubtle MotherhoodIsSuperior message, especially when the tree people reject males (even the Doctor) as their vessel because "You are weak", but accept females - Madge in particular - as "the mothership". British journalist Caitlin Moran figured that having spent the day corralling the family and making Christmas dinner for everyone, mothers would appreciate the boost "Yeah, we're the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek USS Enterprise]]''".
22nd Oct '16 4:27:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheForgotten'': Julianne Moore plays a mother still grieving over the loss of her son in a plane crash some time previously and suddenly wakes up to find that no one remembers he existed, not even her own husband. She talks to the father of another child who died in the crash and he doesn't remember either and only when shown physical evidence of her does he finally remember only to be taken away by the mysterious force stalking them. At the end this is all revealed to be part of an alien experiment to test the "mother-son bond", and whether it could be destroyed. Apparently not, since despite the aliens' best efforts, her memories cannot be erased. Eventually the kids are brought back and the dads don't remember a thing.

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* ''Film/TheForgotten'': Julianne Moore plays a mother still grieving over the loss of her son in a plane crash some time previously and suddenly wakes up to find that no one remembers he existed, not even her own husband. She talks to the father of another child who died in the crash and he doesn't remember either and only when shown physical evidence of her does he finally remember only to be taken away by the mysterious force stalking them. At the end this is all revealed to be part of an alien experiment to test the "mother-son bond", and whether it could be destroyed. Apparently not, since despite the aliens' best efforts, her memories cannot be erased. Eventually the kids are brought back and the dads don't remember a thing.



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12th Oct '16 4:44:10 PM GlassCatOwl
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** Played with in ''Closing Time'', where Craig starts the episode doubting his ability to care for his baby son Alfie while Sophie is away, but ends up overcoming the Cybermen's attempts to convert him through ThePowerOfLove for Alfie. (According to the Doctor, who speaks Baby, Alfie also stops referring to Craig as "Not Mum" and calling him "Dad" by the end of the episode.)
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