WHAT ARE MOTHERS BORN FOR
In 2017, a poem by Jiří Žáček published in primary-school textbooks caused a public uproar, opening as it did with the couplet, “What were girls born for? In order to become mommies.” intellectuals objected to its gender stereotypification, far more people however sided with the popular poet – as opposed to the intellectuals, feminists, and “gender jihad.” Ondřej Macl’s reaction was to write a hundred variations on Žáček’s poem, in order to contest its generalisation with the power of the fates of specific women. Translated by David Vichnar. Set to music by violist Marie Takahashi. Co-performed by Anna Luňáková (the author of final poems) and Jakob Keller.