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The other woman usually faces criticism rather than empathy. What if there is the other man in a relationship with a married woman? What would his feelings be?
A few weeks ago we read about ‘A letter from the other woman to the man who will never be hers‘. It set me thinking. What if there is a woman in a committed relationship who has a relationship outside it?
These days, however, with the society opening up to equality and freedom of expression and feelings, matters which are not of a monogamous nature are treated more fairly than it would have been.
However if ever there is the other we speak of, it is usually a woman, be it in history or the current feminist times. As sympathetic as we might like to be to the second woman, would we be the same to a woman with a ‘second man’. Would the male ego of the other man ever permit them to run second? I wonder.
Also, what about this woman’s other affiliations – her husband, children, and family? How would the other man react to that? Would he be accepting of them? What effect would that have on the relationship?
Below, I would like to portray expression of a fictitious woman with a mind and heart open enough to explore that side of hers…
Do I really need you, or it’s just care
Are you my rising sun at the horizon
Or just a tiny star in the night sky bare
Does it not bother you that I have a family at home
Does craving for your company, make me a lesser wife or mom
You are with me in the laundry room, in the kitchen when making tea
All my life’s mediocrities get a little better because of you and me
Can I tell you ‘I love you’ and keep you forever
Or you will need to leave for there is little space and breather
A castle of dreams it is and it shall be
With a splash of reality to last an eternity…
Image source: couple on a date by Shutterstock.
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Trigger warning: This post contains depiction of normalised violence against women, and may be triggering for survivors.
My belly is living proof
of the life I have grown, held, and birthed
a ‘permanently pregnant’ swell
stretch marks and a caesarian scar
that still itch
an experience I wouldn’t trade in
except for what I was told by the father of my child.
It is easy to give in to patriarchal expectations from a married woman and lose your self in a marriage, but the path to happiness is in keeping your independence.
Marriage is often described as the joining of two individuals’ bodies, minds, and souls. Upon getting married, you are expected to share everything with your partner, including time, money, and all other aspects of life. Your life should revolve around your spouse from beginning to end.
But is it necessary to spend every waking moment with the spouse? Are you not supposed to have a life apart from your spouse? And do these rules apply only to women or men as well?
Although both men and women may face this situation, women are generally expected to give up everything once they get married. Despite progress in several areas, expecting women to abandon their interests, passions, and friendships to align their lives with those of their spouses is still considered the norm.
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