Wk 1 Assignment: Social Group Observation
- The Mom Uniform
It seems a rite of passage that all moms rearing their young don the "mom uniform". They feel they must wear the appropriate clothing to facilitate their daily duties. Unfortunately, that tends to be the ubiquitous T-shirt and ill-fitting jeans. Add to that the common sneaker or foam flip-flops and you have the very picture of the mom-on-the-go.
With little time for themselves moms need clothing that is easy to wear and easy to care for. Everything she wears is made to stand up to baby spit, sticky fingers, mud, and pet dander. It is appropriately functional, highly cleanable, cheaply replaceable and boring.
It seems that for some, the mom uniform becomes their coat of arms, their mantra, their badge of honor. It is used to proudly display to the community that they have a job too. They are raising children. They celebrate the fact that they are training the next generation, and they don't need silk and high heels to accomplish it. They march their young through grocery aisles with their flip-flops flapping loudly. They hold tiny hands and wipe runny noses, they change diapers and find lost shoes. In their bags they carry every first aid item they may need, along with snacks, toys, crayons, and wet wipes. They have a job to do and they are proud to do it, no matter what they're wearing.
The celebration of self is put on hold. There is no individuality in the mom uniform. There is no sex appeal. One mom looks very much like the next. The only social status within a group of moms is the mom-to-be. The expectant mother is given all due attention and advice. And once the baby arrives, the cute maternity clothes are put away and the mom uniform imerges.