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Parr Center Presents: Adrienne Martin (Claremont McKenna College), “Against Mother’s Day: When Admiration and Gratitude Maintain Injustice”
April 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Gratitude gets good press. It is a central virtue in many religious and secular ethical frameworks, core in positive psychology research, and it comes highly recommended by the self-improvement set. Generally, gratitude features as a good thing in popular consciousness. Of course, on an Aristotelian model, the belief that gratitude is a virtue implies that it is something people can get right or wrong. This talk examines bad gratitude, characterizing the form of gratitude at the center of Mother’s Day marketing and traditions, and demonstrating that it masks familiar oppressive expectations and power relations.