Friday, April 14, 2017

You Never Know Where You’ll Find A Story

This post has its roots in a far right wing Christian website.
'We are both his biological parents'
April 13, 2017

(Newsbusters) Just like entertainment media, advertisements have the power to both shape and reflect the culture. While capitalizing on social trends, brand experts are pushing to mainstream controversial themes – and Dove soap is the latest to participate with a transgender star.
So this leads me to dig out the ad.
Dove features transgender mother in new ad campaign
NBC 26
By Alex Hider
Apr 13, 2017
Dove is making waves on social media with a new ad for baby products that features a transgender mother.

The ad, titled "#RealMoms," features women from all walks of life — first-time moms, working moms, single moms and others — discussing what it means to be a good mother.  But the ad’s most striking moment comes from a woman named Shea, who identifies herself as a transgender woman.

“We are both his biological parents,” she says, seated next to her son’s mother. “You get people who say, what do you mean you’re the mom? We’re like, yep, we’re both going to be moms.”

The ad is earning both praise and criticism from LGBT advocates.

“Love how inclusive Dove is for all walks of life, regardless of color, gender and sexuality. Keep it up!” YouTube commenter Rafael Huezo wrote.
But they didn’t say what the criticism is from LGBT advocates.

On the blog Mombian she writes,
Kudos to the brand for not only being LGBTQ inclusive, but for being willing to think beyond the more common solution of showing a cisgender two-mom couple (much as I love seeing LGBTQ parents of any type on my screen). (Side note: Not all transgender women who are parents go by “Mom,” as singer Laura Jane Grace recently reminded us. I’d suggest asking for someone’s preferred parenting title just as you’d ask for their pronouns.)

I love the campaign’s overall theme of “There’s no right or wrong way to be a mom – only your way.” As one of the other moms in the ad says, “Do what fits your family. And trust yourself.” That’s pretty much the best parenting advice I can imagine.
I think this is a really good ad because it shows us in a positive light and as Dove said, “There’s no right or wrong way to be a mom – only your way.”

And there’s no right or wrong way to be trans  – only your way.

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