What happens when a member of the council is personally hostile against you? How about me, can I not speak out anymore? I cannot say these anymore because you have killed my freedom of speech? But there are other matters in the bill that equally drove Bautista to forcefully question it. I am really scared of this anti-terror bill now.
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Sort order. Jan 28, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it really liked it Shelves: filipino-fiction , classic , emotionally-intense. The story realistically portrays this as Amanda dutifully does her best to meet what the six men at her home, especially her husband, expect of her. The book was also adapted into a movie released in View all 35 comments.
May 22, Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it. Note: This review was written as a course requirement for my class: History of Women and Feminism in the Philippines. These are the words of Julian, a husband, a father, to her wife on why women should not get irritated with him. This is a prime example of a patriarchal man. Contemptible w Note: This review was written as a course requirement for my class: History of Women and Feminism in the Philippines.
Contemptible words, yet somehow, are sadly true. How did his wife, Amanda, respond? She rolled her eyes, but she kept quiet. She discerned that to contest this would be futile.
She was a woman molded in a society that conformed to this belief. Ni hindi niya tinanong kung gusto ko nga ba maghubad. Kailangan sakin mismo manggaling ang natitirang pamproteksiyon sa dignidad ko. Puwede bang magpatay muna tayo ng ilaw? Basta ng matapos na siya, natulog na siya. Naghilik na siya.
I had to be the one to protect what little dignity I had. He just slept when he was done. He snored. Nawala na ko pagktapos nyon. Sa proseso nito, walang nag-abalang magtanong kung ano na kaya ang mga kaangkinan ko naman. In the span of twenty-seven years of being a wife I never grew as a person. I gave birth and became a mother then nothing. I stopped there. I was lost after that.
In the process, nobody asked me what I have achieved. Even I, I do not know what I am aside from a wife and a mother.
Taga-abot ng tsinelas mo, taga-timpla ng kape mo! Sa kagaganon, nawala tuloy ako, naging walang klaseng tao ko! Habang panahong nanay na lang! Habang panahong asawa mo lang! Pinaghubad pag gusto, ginanon kung kelan mo gusto!
Napaiyak na ko… Bakit hindi pag gusto ko? Being that person, I lost myself, I became nothing! Forever just a mother! Forever just a wife! Stripping when you tell me to, being fucked only when you want to! I started to cry… why not when I want to?
These are the thoughts, the experiences of Amanda, wife of Julian, a mother of 5 boys, a Filipina. This shows the suffering of a typical woman experienced in our country back then and still even in a lot of homes today, she is expected to become a housewife, nothing more. She is boxed, her growth as an individual stunted, she is not given a chance. The parallelism between the two intertwined stories, the mother and the motherland is truly captivating.
The two, the woman and the country are subdued, without true freedom. Dominated, manipulated, chained, one by imperialism and a dictator, the other by a husband and a patriarchal culture.
At the start both were as ignorant as babes, as silent as mutes about their rights, about what is theirs. Both were taken for granted, taken advantage of. But slowly, steadily, they progressed. The country was awakened, its people flooded the streets, the masses, the students, priests, nuns, militants full of outrage and passion with shouts of revolution against a dictator that violated their rights and mistreated their countrymen, against a neocolonialist power that stole their lands, raped their livelihood and picked their pockets.
The woman, the mother, the wife learned to fight back, to answer, to think for herself. She realized her worth as a woman, as a person, through her own simple way of supporting the revolution because of her children. She realized that to protect her children, her family, she must learn to protect her country. The motherland empowered her; in turn the shackled motherland was empowered equally because of her. Their plights are more connected to each other than it seems, the success of one spelled the success of the other.
This passage from the novel reminds me of a particular quotation from one the greatest Feminist writers, someone named Virginia Woolf. But to really utilize it, this is where education comes in. Women need to be educated about their rights, they must learn to identify the shackles of patriarchy and its brother capitalism, reject their biased culture, spit on these concepts that taught them to be submissive, that taught them to keep quiet and told them they were inferior, these controlling concepts that masks itself as religion, tradition, and good-conduct.
But before that, they must first think, and realize that they are in-chains. For how can you set free someone who does not consider themselves as slaves? How can you liberate someone who considers oppression as a state of normalcy? You show them their chains, you rip the veil around their eyes, you educate.
Yes, we have revolted and won the battle for our country to some extent, we brought but down the dictator. Still, we still have a lot of work to do in terms of neo-colonialism though we have achieved great strides. Now, the revolution we need is the revolution against patriarchy.
We need a revolution against this entity that paralyzes about half of the people not only in this country, but in the world. We need to revolutionize our way of thinking through education into a more egalitarian one. Naiisip ko din… na kailangan na natin ng rebolusyon! I am thinking Gender Emancipation! Equality for all!
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Dekada '70 lit. A middle-class Manila neighborhood is home to the Bartolome family. The story tells about their life during the martial law in the Philippines during the s. In , as a young Gani was fighting with his friend while they were playing a game in the street, their mothers came by to stop the fighting and made them stay away from each other. In the streets of Manila, protests take place when the Philippines enters the Vietnam War. In , Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos wins his re-election bid as president. At the prom, Gani tries to grope his partner but she accidentally kicks him instead.
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