Facebook's 'Motherhood Challenge' Backlash: Challenge To Post 3 Facebook Photos Brings Wrath Of Writer

Paula Mooney

There's a seemingly innocuous "Motherhood Challenge" going around on Facebook that likely started innocently enough. The theme of the Facebook "Motherhood Challenge" challenged mothers to focus on the good side of mothering, and to post three, four, five or more photos that reminded the mothers posting the photos why they are happy to be mothers. As the mothers took on the "Motherhood Challenge" and posted their mothering photos, the rules stated that they were supposed to tag other great mothers on Facebook so they, too, could undertake the "Motherhood Challenge" themselves.

"Motherhood Challenge: I was nominated to post 3 pictures that make me happy to be a Mother. I'm tagging a few people that I think are great Mothers to post 3 pictures for the Motherhood Challenge! I will copy and paste this in the comments below for you. Here are my 3 pictures that make me happy to be a Mother!!"

A woman may have never birthed a baby or even adopted a baby, but they've still served as mothers to many, and motherhood challenges on Facebook could inadvertently leave them out in the cold. But more than that, the "Motherhood Challenge" might reflect what's wrong with social media posturing to begin with: Plenty of people posts photos of their "best selves" online, when in actuality, if a person were to write the exact thoughts they've had about being a mother or their worst motherhood experiences, the fear that child protective services would come calling or side-eye judgments on Facebook would arise.

Some of the feedback on the Guardian article shows why the "Motherhood Challenge" has its detractors.

"Thought about starting a Happily Childfree Challenge...where I would post pictures of myself being happily childfree... Plus a pic of my bf's 23 year old son who makes me even happier that I never had kids..."

"I had to tell a friend on Facebook to remove me from such a post at the weekend."

"How dare she judge me as a mother good or bad. How dare she put me into some kind of challenge/contest to prove myself by posting smiling pictures of my 1yr old. Would I lose the challenge if I posted a picture of my screaming child covered in her morning porridge with me looking frantic in the background as I try to find my car keys to get ready…"

"I had to tell a friend on Facebook to remove me from such a post at the weekend."

"How dare she judge me as a mother good or bad. How dare she put me into some kind of challenge/contest to prove myself by posting smiling pictures of my 1yr old. Would I lose the challenge if I posted a picture of my screaming child covered in her morning porridge with me looking frantic in the background as I try to find my car keys to get ready…"

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