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    Read the text and for questions 1 to 8 decide if the statements are true or false.

    Should motherhood define me?

    Most of my friends and colleagues who are in their late thirties to early forties have reached their milestones. They have a husband – not always the best choice – and one or two children, which they proudly show on Facebook or Instagram, the only places where I see them nowadays.

    For many women, motherhood is the ultimate fulfillment, and I get it. But I don’t need to be pressured into finding a partner “before my biological clock stops ticking.” They tell me to “try dating apps; it worked for me.” Sure, congratulations. But I hated it. Men lied and were rude and disrespectful.

    Of course, I wouldn’t mind finding a loving partner, someone kind, sweet, and maybe even handsome, whom I could fall deeply in love with. But for me, finding true love would be a reward in itself, something to be cherished and enjoyed, not just a means to have children as society expects.

    What if I don’t want children? I haven’t felt the call of nature, and I don’t think I ever will. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been asked questions starting with “When you get married…” or “When you have children…” I’ve always felt disconnected from that expected reality. No, I don’t think I’ll get married – though I do want to find love – and I might not want kids.

    But women can’t openly say they don’t want kids, as it’s often seen as a betrayal of nature and a selfish act. Women who don’t want to be mothers are considered selfish or even accused of hating children, which is suspicious for a female. You’re not supposed to trust a woman who doesn’t want motherhood to define her. Well, I guess I’m not trustworthy then because I prefer to be an “incomplete” woman for now.

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    1 The writer disapproves of some of her friends' husbands.


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