Resources and Tools for Self-Defense

We shouldn’t have to do this. But we do. We shouldn’t have to be constantly worrying about our safety. And we especially shouldn’t be blamed for not being “prepared enough” or for simply “making bad decisions” when we get attacked on the streets. But the hard truth is that we are all at risk when we walk alone at night, and with the high price … Continue reading Resources and Tools for Self-Defense

The World of Difference Between “Ganda Mo!” and “Ganda Ka?”

There is a problem present in Filipino pop culture (and elsewhere) that we need to talk about. It encompasses our distaste for dark skin, our efforts to be taller and thinner, and our obsession with looking youthful and rich. And yet, it affects even those who appear to conform to traditional beauty standards. The problem is that we have such a hard time allowing each … Continue reading The World of Difference Between “Ganda Mo!” and “Ganda Ka?”

Women’s Empowerment through Wind Power

A feminist education takes place both inside the classroom and out in the world. This semester, my classmates and I are tackling women, gender, and technology. We spent the first Saturday of October at Rizal Wind Farm in Pililla, Rizal. Where we went We met up bright and early in Quezon City. Before heading to the wind farm, our two-car convoy made a quick stopover … Continue reading Women’s Empowerment through Wind Power

What to Bring to Pride March

The Metro Manila Pride March and Festival is just around the corner, set for June 29, 2019, 12 noon at the Marikina Sports Center. In the meantime, stay updated on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and get some essentials ready for the big day. Friends You can register for Pride ahead of time as an individual or as a company or organization. Pride is safer and … Continue reading What to Bring to Pride March

Abuse that Doesn’t Bruise Still Hurts

If you’ve only ever known of abuse from the news and other people’s horror stories, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. In 2018, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported that one in four ever-married (married, widowed, separated, or divorced) women aged 15-49 has experienced physical, sexual or emotional violence by their husband or partner. Abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere, no matter how strong or … Continue reading Abuse that Doesn’t Bruise Still Hurts

“Hindi Ko Naman Siya Hinawakan” and Other Excuses for Harassment

Years ago, when I was new to the workforce, a co-worker made several flirty, suggestive comments to me while I was on the job. This co-worker: Was not a close friend Had years of seniority over me in the company Was a taller and larger person than me And was married. So it was uncomfortable, to say the least. I always tried to give the … Continue reading “Hindi Ko Naman Siya Hinawakan” and Other Excuses for Harassment

Honoring Nicki Minaj and Maya Angelou in National Women’s Month

This post was migrated from an old blog. Let’s get in the spirit of International Women’s Day and National Women’s Month early! Maya Angelou grew up in Arkansas in a time when racism and discrimination were commonplace.  She was treated as an inferior because she was black and female.  When she was just seven years old, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend.  This experience … Continue reading Honoring Nicki Minaj and Maya Angelou in National Women’s Month