First and Foremost...

Helmer: First and foremost, you are a wife and mother.
Nora: That I don't believe any more. I believe that first and foremost I am an individual, just as you are.

Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

This reveals the true spirit of feminism, and this is precisely what the traditionalists, especially the religious people, ignore when they talk of women rights. It is not enough to give rights to women in their roles of wife, mother, daughter and sister... what is needed is a decentralizing of the perspective: the role of women is not always to be defined in relation to men. Women are first women, just like men are first men, and not husband, father, son or brother. What the traditionalists need to realize is that they have to treat women as independant individuals. To say that, "Our religion/society gives great respect to mothers and wives" is simply not enough and misses the crux of women liberation.

Comments

gaya said…
ryt....I wish everyone starts thinking like that.(well, thats too much to be expected)
Anonymous said…
Ya REALLY its too much to be expected.And after reading this, i'm getting some recollectiones of those typical things which some people aroung us used to say oftenly to degrade women and their rights....but no doubt,to have some contribution,even a very little one but "essential" contribution towards these things are also our duty.So that it may be somewhat of less difficult for our next generation to consider and to act on this "First and Foremost" concept for women.
Awais said…
@ anonymous

You are very right. Thank you for the comments, and your spirit of contribution is well-appreciated.
[Btw, a named contribution is usually more significant than an anonymous one. :)]
Momal said…
First and foremost, I'm Momal :P