Happy Womb Day! Jonah Ritter
Obviously Mother’s Day not “Womb Day.” But is Mother’s day any less sexist? Many “woke” activists believe “Mother’s Day” is sexist.
this post is from our friend Jonah Ritter: http://bobritterblog.blogspot.com/2021/05/happy-womb-day.html
Men can reassign and transition to a transgender woman but only a biological woman can be a mother. A man cannot carry and give birth. And a woman cannot father a child. Men do not have a uterus and woman don’t have sperm. But both men and woman can go to a sperm bank. There are all sorts of reasons to celebrate “mother’s.”
Then again, either gender can embody the meaning of motherhood as I see it. The definition of “mothering” is to be caring and nurturing. Putting children’s needs and interests ahead of one’s own is in a word “selfless.” Surely men can be caring and nurturing too. Mother’s are instinctively selfless. But being protective and providing for a family is something Father’s do too.
Aren’t those selfless behaviors as well. Ultimately, it seems to me that what we are celebrating is being BOTH a biological female parent AND being selfless. SO Mother’s day is sexist. And that is the point! We are celebrating what makes a biological Woman special. We are celebrating the WOMB. Which is why we also have Father’s Day when we will celebrate biological male parents who are selfless. ￼ In Hebrew the word for womb is rechem. Rechem is the root for the word for mercy and compassion – Rachamim. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! By the way, the Hebrew word for “man” is אָדָם (adam), however I’ve been talking about the womb. For the womb to fulfills it’s purpose it needs semen.
The Hebrew word for semen is שֶׁמֶן “shemen.” SHEMEN is also the word for “ointment(s).” In Hebrew shemem also means oil, fat, cream and fertility. This word is almost certainly the origin for the Latin word “semen” meaning “seed,” from which we get our English word “semen.” Shemen (Hebrew: שמן) is the most commonly used word for “oil” in the Hebrew scriptures. So you might say an anointed womb produces life.
Speaking of roles for men and woman, we often associate the man’s role with being a protector.
The Hebrew word for protector is Magen (מָגֵן). Magen is also literally a shield.
The Star of David is called the Magen of David. Magen comes from the root ganan (גנן) which is a verb meaning to defend, cover or surround.
The word Magen, shield/protector, is used over 60 times in the Old Testament.
Before God made his unconditional Covenant with Abram God told him “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward” (Gen. 15:1).
In Moses final blessing to the Children of Israel before they went into the Promised Land (Eretz) of Israel, Moses said to them “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help, and the sword of your majesty!” (Deut. 33:29)
So the womb protects life. Man protects woman. And God protects his people. The circle of life.