Fabulous retort from “mum” and also the assumption that the casually dressed outreach worker being mistaken for “mum”. Hope that taught these discriminatory professionals a lesson. A worthwhile reblog.
“You must be mum.”
Four words that put you nicely in a box and out of the way, even when you are present in a meeting. That introduction says so much – you know you are simply there to be tolerated, to tick off a requirement and that you are expected to sit in the box marked ‘mum’ and ‘behave’.
For a disclaimer, please the the last paragraph, but in the meantime, how do you respond? “I am Peters’s mum, My name is Phillipa – and you are?” is the one I used last time around.
I don’t know any parent that doesn’t hate this approach at times. It can feel dehumanising and I think it sometimes serves a powerful purpose for the rest of the people in the room. It can be used to state very clearly the hierarchy of those present. Everyone else is a human, a person with…
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