Book Review: A Doll’s House-A New Capacity Approach, Third Wave Feminist Theory

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

“A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, may be viewed through a Feminist Theory lens.  It illustrates and fine tunes what may be some issues for some couples as they delineate their matrimonial roles, when the bar for a woman’s role or education may be too low.  Other woman who have pursued further education, may still be subjected to what I will describe as a “new capacity approach,” where couple roles become defined by their “capacity,” in terms of strength, skill and cooperation.  This woman’s frustration (Nora) or even suffocation within her role, which was described by the character of Helmer as for him she was “wife and child, (Ibsen, 158)”  or in another breath her role was defined as “wife and mother (Ibsen, 157).”  The tension begins when she illustrates for her partner that she is lacking in education and feels subsequently impoverished (Ibsen, 161). Other women may pursue in an educated husband, a partner that is both husband and teacher.  Still others meet and match while within their studies, however many issuers are raised in “A Doll’s House,” like suffocation, or even fear by the husband that the wife’s education is inadequate to educate the children.  Perhaps wife is both mother and governess. Ultimately, Nora felt that it was her husbands fault, that she made nothing of her life (Ibsen, 161).  Perhaps it is at this juncture, that couples conflict when marital roles dominant the time in their life and life does not provide for them their chosen richness.

I chose this theory to engage in advancement of what could now be the third wave feminism.

Works cited:

Ibsen, Henrik, “A Doll’s House.” The Floating Press. 2008

Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Debriefing Leadership Forward Notes

Debriefing Leadership Forward

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

It is with great pleasure that I present the forthcoming text, “Debriefing Leadership.”

Perhaps it was a theme in “Confucius,” to train leaders to impact society or the resulting trickle down when one addresses the top of such a pyramid design.  It was imperative to me not necessarily to become myself a leader, but to be one who trained leaders.  Several years ago, I commenced research regarding what should be included in such an undertaking, beyond vision or dreams.  It was recently that I felt a good leader must be a “giver and a caretaker.”  That one must fundamentally “care” for the people.  I began to include then within this necessity for care, “non-profit theory.”  That in the event of a problem where a leader may or may not possess the emphasis on a problem that plagues society, the people must  possess the ability to erect a non-profit to problem solve or remedy an emergent issue that affects them. The leader must create for the people the ability to fund and create new and original non-profits.  Leaders in this regard must possess the ability to plan for a future of problems and empower not only themselves but “the people,” to eradicate the variety of things that come our way.

I chose the theme “training leaders” in a non-fiction paragraph because outside of poetry some of my more serious and relevant writings are non-fiction.  I am hoping to complete a Master’s in Public Leadership with this idea to “train leaders,”  I am working on a book titled, “Debriefing Leadership,” in response to a crisis of leadership in the world.  Very often I find leaders ill qualified or too selfish or unable to grip core issues plaguing society.  We have suffered so many crisis and epidemics and leaders running for office seemed unaware or immune to their gravity.  I am building an outline and research around how to debrief leadership. 

Personally, during the height of the housing crisis, I felt well, perhaps it is down to people like me? I need to get involved, figure out what it takes and feel myself powerful to remedy problems.  I had the idea to write books about the problems to raise money to remedy the problems.  Sometimes you turn not outside, but you start looking to yourself for answers.  I was working in a non-profit in New York City that was addressing housing issues, there were coat drives and outreach.  Sometimes when 20 or 30 years go by and your left waiting for a problem to be solved you must think about starting your own non-profit and letting the government direct money towards you to assist with their remedy.  I have wanted to jump into programs or build credentials or even radical ideas or just work in non-profits on a case-by-case basis. 

Sometimes you wait even 20-30 years and the problem does not go away and people suffer so badly.  We must see what works, what works sometimes, what works every time, what can each of us do? I can make or I can make a maker. I can empower myself or empower each of us for more collective strength.

Works Cited:

Confucius, Harvard Classics Sacred Writings, P F Collier & Son, New York, 1910