Lady Madonna

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 15:34
Submitted by Carlin Ross

In a recent interview, Paul McCartney shared that this 1965 National Geographic image was the inspiration behind the song, Lady Madonna:

“Sometimes you see pictures of mothers and you go: ‘she’s a good mother’. You could just tell there’s a bond and it just affected me, that photo. So I was inspired to write Lady Madonna, my song, from that photo.”

It's so rare that we see strong imagery of motherhood.  The connection between this mother and the baby at her breast and the boy smiling up at her - there's nothing more moving or powerful. 

Grayson is 2.5 and I've never been as challenged, as strategic, or as firmly rooted in the ground. There's a certain threshold you cross when you have young dependent on you for survival. If our culture elevated motherhood and paid us equal wages, imagine how strong the next generation of mothers would be...and the beautiful human beings who would be in this world.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Fatherhood

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 05:28

& as well as a scarcity of strong images of motherhood, we see fathers airbrushed out of images of the parent-child relationship entirely, as if irrelevant past conception.
No one died and thought they should spend more time at the office: the relationships we build and maintain are one of the most import parts of our lives, yet women are denied strength and men denied even a prescence in images of one of the key relationships we have. 

Isn't that more than a little odd?

Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:21
???? feminist indignation ???? (not verified)

Thank you North London, I’ve been missing your and Lizzie
Smith’s stark commentary!

What a beautiful photograph of connection, the hardships of parenting conveyed therein and in Carlin’s hard felt experiences of parenthood. By stereotype half the family is missing and by some cultural manifestation that’s OK. For sure a newborn knows the voice of the father just as the mother’s or the bark of the family dog. Just as the flooded nature of parental multi tasking does not rest solely with the female nor does clear headedness reside with the similarly flummoxed
male.

Understanding the neurobiology of what bonds us hopefully at long last might be becoming more important than learning ideology. John Bowlby a rather austere British aristocrat raised by a nanny stumbled on what was to become attachment theory when study children separated during the blitz from their families. Read mothers as fathers we deployed, killed or stereotypically austere. Despite the fact men’s rights groups attack Bowlby’s work as sexist; ironically he is the father of the importance of fathers in children’s lives. His research is why parents are now allowed to see their hospitalized children.

It is learning from family, mothers, fathers, dogs, siblings, grand fathers, grand mothers, and neighbors that attachment is safe that babies’ brains develop into adults more likely to be compassionate and responsible members of community.

We owe so much to those who can model safety in connection, care and compassion to allow our brains to grow so that we can pass that love on to the next generation. Note: the absence of social rank or gender from that statement.

Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Connections

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:42

& Feminist Indignation, it's wonderful to hear your voice, to enjoy your wonderful energy and positive attitude.

The connections we make with people in life, define us as people, whether that's families born or made, or friends along the journey. 

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