HELMER: Before all else, you are a wife and a mother.
NORA: I don’t believe that any longer. I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being.
A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, (1999:68)
How many times have those “magical” words—wife and mother—been used by this patriarchal society to marginalize women?
How many times have inferior men in this male-dominated world used those words to oppress their wives willing to have career outside home?
How many times have those two words been “misused” to force women to lose their common sense? To have their own way of thinking? To be creative as human beings? Not just to follow what the consensus has said (without thinking)? Not just to do what the books have said to them?
How many times have women become blinded and then forgotten about their capability, talent, freedom to choose what is good in their life, only to conform to the norm constructed by society about being a “good” wife and a “good” mother?
How many times have women lost their common sense that they are not robots without feelings, without want in their very own life?
How long time again should it be like that?
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