Susana Martn Gijn: "There is a lot left to be a mother to be a free decision"

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The Extremaduran writerSusana Martín Gijónbelieves that "there is still a lot to work" to be a mother or not a "free decision" for women who, in his opinion, are still conditioned by society despite the fact that there is "an appearance of formality and equality plans ".

"Someone is not allowed to say that the woman is not complete if she is not a mother, but deep down she is acting like this and is being conditioned because it seems that if you are not a mother you are missing something," he stressed in an interview on the occasion of the publication of hisnew novel 'Progeny'.

In this play,a thriller set in Sevillewhose plot begins with a police investigation for the murder of a young woman, the author recounts the "brutal and constant" social pressure suffered by those women who decide not to be mothers, while making visible the different family models.

Thus, he ensures that, on many occasions, it is the women themselves who exert this pressure on others,"especially after age 30",as well as friends and loved ones "that hurt by pressing and asking for something that may never come."

Martín Gijón, whose works always have a social background on which he builds history, applauds that the taboo on the idealization of motherhood with the break of life is breakingpublication of numerous booksthat address this issue, although he points out that, being mostly essays, the target audience is only women who are between 30 and 40 years old.

The author defends in this sense the black novel as a good method to publicize non-motherhood because, in her opinion,bring this perspective closer to a much wider audienceand allows to know other realities that would otherwise be unknown.

"We can address this issue from the essay, but it is not so fun and only those who want to know information about maternity and women's decision-making capacity will come to him, "he says.

In this way, 'Progeny' moves the reader to an assisted reproduction clinic, among other places, to show him what it means to undergo certain fertility treatments and the emotional, hormonal and economic wear and tear that he brings. "In real life they never tell us these things andthey paint it all pink ",He has qualified.

Regarding that it has been decided to catalog the books written by women as "feminine literature" Martín Gijón is clear about it:It puts him "in a very bad mood."Thus, he emphasizes that he wants to think that this trend is changing and that the writers are beginning to be taken into account because, as he emphasizes, it makes no sense that the literature written by men is the universal one and the one written by women, only for women.

Doesn't want to be a mother

The author believes that both wanting to be a mother and rejecting this idea are two decisions"completely legitimate"that mark the development of this story. Thus, the protagonist, Camino Vargas, a homicide boss who has" very clear "that she does not want to have children, will face a world" in which the desire of many women to be mothers. "

Martín Gijón explains that both positions are contrasted and have allowed him to show a model of a person – women who do not want to be mothers – that he exists and that, in his opinion, must begin to become visible and to be treated "in the same position" because"There are more things to be happy."

Along these lines, it points to the new progressive government, whichfar from transmitting "euphoria" causes "relief",it must put into practice the visibility of these decisions "if it really defends the rights of women".

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