Mother blasts school for casting her daughter as someone’s wife in school’s nativity production3 min read

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‘Snowflake’ mother blasts school for casting her daughter, 6, as the ‘Inn Keeper’s wife’ in the nativity – saying it’s ‘sexist’ and she ‘shouldn’t be identified by her relationship to a man’

  • A six-year-old was given the role of the ‘Inn Keeper’s wife’ in her school Nativity 
  • Her mother took to Mumsnet accusing the school of ‘everyday sexism’
  • Responses were torn, as many labelled the mother as being ridiculous 

A mother  blasted her daughter’s school for casting her six-year-old as the ‘Inn Keeper’s Wife’ in the Nativity, claiming it is ‘sexist’.

Writing on British parenting site Mumsnet, the woman told how she was offended by the name of the role because her daughter ‘shouldn’t be identified by her relationship to a man’. 

The woman said she was ‘itching’ to take teachers to task over the example of ‘everyday sexism’ and said it needed to be ‘called out’.

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Some agreed with the furious mother but others branded her a ‘snowflake’ and insisted she would be wrong to try and change the festive tradition. 

A mother was criticised by other parents after she blasted her daughter's school for casting her six-year-old as the 'Inn Keeper's Wife' in the Nativity. Stock image

A mother was criticised by other parents after she blasted her daughter’s school for casting her six-year-old as the ‘Inn Keeper’s Wife’ in the Nativity. Stock image 

Writing on British parenting site Mumsnet, the woman told how she was offended by the name of the role because her daughter 'shouldn't be identified by her relationship to a man'

Writing on British parenting site Mumsnet, the woman told how she was offended by the name of the role because her daughter ‘shouldn’t be identified by her relationship to a man’ 

One wrote: ‘You want to change the Nativity? Of course it’s not unreasonable! Why not insist on Mary and Joseph walking instead of travelling by donkey because obviously they were vegan and would never put that burden on a poor animal.’

Another said: ‘It may have escaped your notice but the innkeeper doesn’t have a name either. What do you want her to be called? Susan? Margaret? Bethany? Maybe with stay-at-home mum and part-time stable hand and crib maker written next to it so she’s clearly not defined by being a wife?’

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A third added: ‘I don’t see the issue here I’m afraid. The play is set over 2000 years ago when women were somebody’s wife.’ 

Another wrote: ‘For the love of f***, don’t be such a donkey. It might be 2019 but the Nativity is a “few” years old now. Maybe you’d like Jesus to be a girl? Maybe they could get Jo to book a few nights in a birthing suite on his phone.

‘And obviously if it was written now it would be three wise women as we all know that finding three wise men is like finding a needle in a hay stack!’ 

 

However, others agreed with the mother that the school could think of other ways of describing the role.

One person wrote: ‘I see your point. Why not second innkeeper, or landlady? Something that’s not “male role = an actual role, female role = male’s dependent”. How did they cast? Did they consider a girl for the role of innkeeper? etc.’ 

Another said: ‘I don’t think you’re ridiculous at all. They could be ‘innkeeper’ or ‘innkeeper couple.’

‘How do people think this paints small children’s view of women? It’s all part of it. All of these little everyday positioning of women.’ 

Others agreed with the mother that making female children play the role of a wife would impact their view of women in society

Others agreed with the mother that making female children play the role of a wife would impact their view of women in society 

  

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