Normally I wouldn’t care, however this for some reason has just rubbed something the wrong way.
I initially didn’t think much other than, “The economy is in the tank and they have nothing better to do.” Then I talked to my mom and she pointed out something that I hadn’t considered. You are now placing numbers on individuals, number 1 and number 2, primary and secondary. You now will be placing an importance on which parent is more significant. As my mother said, “Most of the time the father will always come first.” From the continuing conversation she felt it a slight towards women in the home and belittling them into second place. While some families may have an environment which supports such a description, most do not, furthermore many will feel slighted by it. Note my mom made that statement as one of her first complaints when I informed her of it, she made that connection in her mind with very little effort.
This is by no means the end of the world, but I do dislike it because it is the further infection of political correctness for the sake of political correctness, much like rewriting Tom Sawyer.
Update: Side comment from “The Short Lady With the Grey Hair”: If anyone asks about your mother’s feminist standing, you can state that you were raised in a traditional two parent home with each parent holding the traditional roles. She does support many of the actions of feminism but resents the actions of any group that attempts to neutralize the roles that others play in society or the home. Feminists or homosexuals or transexualts or religious nuts. There are too many more important things to be worrying about. Wake up and smell both the coffee and the roses.