My mother and her friends published the magazine "Woman" when I was a small child. In one of the interviews my mother's answer was "No" to the question - "Have you ever come across a problem only because you were a woman?"
In this article I am describing the process of social interaction: on the one hand, how cultural expectations define indivudual fates, and on the other, how individuals reproduce frameworks based on those expectations. Full article is available only in Georgian.
When we become mothers ourselves, only than we start to understand our mothers and possibly, rethink attitudes towards her. As a mother of daughter, only after her birth I started realizing that a feminist consciousness will not save us from becoming an allie to the Patriarchy.
"I wish that freedom could be a blank page for you, which you can fill as you wish and write on it, what you desire - fearlessly and freely." Full article is available only in Georgian or could be read in German here.
Feminist criticism pushed motherhood discourse beyond the "natural" framework and indicated, that while naturalizing mothering process and labelling mother's labour as 'instinct', we trivialize it and create invincible barriers for those women, who cannot fulfill motherhood obligations so easily.
Maybe, intitutionalized image of mother is a tool to maintain control over women? Maybe, motherhood is not the instinct of every woman? And on the other hand, maybe fact and process of motherhood is more empowering for women than it is considered by the patriarchal rights and obligations?