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Women denounce Mother's Day gifts marketing techniques

By Muath Freij - Mar 20,2018 - Last updated at Mar 20,2018

AMMAN — With the wave of house appliances advertisements flooding Amman's commercial scene ahead of Mother’s Day, Jordanians denounced the marketing portrayal of mothers as “kitchen figures”.

Every year on March 21, the capital sees Jordanians flocking to buy gifts in celebration of their elder women.

For Randa Ammar, a mother of six, the role of women should definitely not be attached only to kitchens. 

“This gives me the feeling that having a house appliance item defines my role as a person working in the kitchen. I personally do not believe that women should be celebrated only on that day,” she told The Jordan Times over the phone.

Manar Misleh, mother of three children, described receiving house appliances as a “meaningless gift”.

“House appliances are essential items needed inside the house. If anyone wants to show appreciation for the efforts of his/her mother, they can find other options like taking her out to a restaurant or buying her some accessories. That will show a mother that her task is not limited to cooking,” she explained.

Hannah Dababnah, an insurance company employee, said he is used to buying items that his mother needs other than house appliances.

“I do believe that buying a house appliance item limits the role of women to the kitchen. Our mothers also need other items like accessories or make-up. Even a single flower can convey the message,” he said.

For Areen Omari, an English teacher in Amman, “there was no real competition from other sectors in terms of Mother's Day presents so these advertisements have made people believe that house appliances are the best option. Now, times have changed and there are so many options that people can choose the way to show appreciation for their mothers' efforts,” said 

Ammar Kafarneh, marketing manager at SmartBuy, described Mother’s Day as the most important occasion for the sector, which usually witnesses very high competition. He attributed the great demand for house appliances to the attractive offers available on the market.

“Many people like to take advantage of this occasion because there are many promotions so they buy what the house is lacking,” he told The Jordan Times, noting that couples about to get married also take advantage of the occasion. 

For Ammar, the gift is not defined by its monetary value, but rather by the gesture aimed at making mothers feel happy and appreciated.

“Personnally, I do not ask for such gifts, only a simple flower or having my children by my side is the best gift I can receive,” she concluded.

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I THINK THAT JORDANIAN WOMEN ARE FINALLY WAKING UP TO PUSH BACK ON THE STIGMATIZATION OF THEIR INTEGRITY. WHILE I WISH A HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL THE JORDANIAN MOTHERS INCLUDING MY MOTHER IN-LAW, I AM GLAD TO SEE THAT THESE WOMEN ARE REMEMBERING THE POPULAR JOKE IN JORDAN REGARDING WHITE FRIDHE, MICROWAVE OVENS AND DISH WASHERS AS THE SYMBOL OF MARRIAGE AND THE KITCHEN AS THE PLACE OF WOMEN IN THE ARAB WORLD. I SAY TO THESE WOMEN NOT BUY ANY OF THESE ITEMS AND RETURN THEM IF GIVEN AS A GIFT BECAUSE IT IS A MOCKREY RATHER THAN ANY SYMBOL OF MOTHER-HOOD APPRICIATIONS. THE DAYS OF THESE INSULTS ARE OVER FOR GOOD.

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