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I Wonder…

1. Where women (who’ve had children) derive their motherly instinct from? And likewise, where women (who’ve had children) derive the animalistic instinct not to care for their young ones anymore?

2. Why, despite feminist movements, women’s equality debates, promising career advancements, the balance of the power struggle, and blurring of the gender demarcation and their accepted socio-responsibilites, do most women (eventually) want to be housewives and stay home? (I say this because I’m a professional and I’m all for women’s lib, though not a feminist, but why, oh why, do I see my ultimate role as mother?)

3. Why are we still thoughtful of our menfolk (even though some of us wear the pants at home) and willingly surrender the role of bread-winner to them, never mind that we lose our luxurious dual-income status?

I ask this because I want to know your thoughts, please. Socio-economic factors and instinct, as I see it, doesn’t adequately address the real reasons. Or do they? I invite your comments and thoughts on these questions. At the end of the day, my father tells me, “I did not send you to university so that you could be a stay-at-home-mum. I expect you to work for your living, provide for your child and work until your retirement age“. So where does that leave my husband?

July 10, 2007 - 6:17 pm - I have been meaning to write an answer to this for ages and finally got around to it. I wrote a really long answer, so I posted it on my blog instead. It's here: http://figur8.net/baby/2007/07/10/in-answer-to-i-wonder/

July 10, 2007 - 6:15 pm - [...] wrote a post some time back asking mothers for feedback on a few questions.  I thought my answers were too [...]

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