Bawal ang bastos! It took a while but finally, the “Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act” has lapsed into law on April 21 after President Rodrigo Duterte did not act on a bicameral conference committee report ratified in February 2019. Ivannee Bongosia writes about why the law should have been considered urgent because our public spaces are not safe.
The streets of big cities like Metro Manila are busy and bustling, and they bear witness to the ugly truth that Filipino women who walk through them experience harassment on a daily basis. Streets are not safe for women regardless of what they are wearing.
“We are not All Vagina” was the feminists’ retort to Duterte’s horrid anti-women remark of shooting women rebels in the vagina because they are nothing without their pudenda. The journalists conveyed that their combined strength and capacity to fight back are not reducible to their private parts.
It only happens among women, that kind of ribbing, especially among those who have shared serious disruptions and ruptures, and in the retelling later, curiously laugh some more. Some 20 women, all officers and members […]
When Susan Evangelista was teaching at the Palawan State University (PSU), she became concerned when many of her female students dropped out due to pregnancy. Some of them came back after having children, but many […]
Summer is beach time, always has been it would seem, especially for the young generation. It’s all about sea, sand, surfing, sunbathing, and whatever activity there is that happens in the beach. But there was […]