Can you believe that even in the age of the #MeToo movement, some people, particularly men, are still unafraid to spout sexist nonsense? And in public, nonetheless. It seems like stupidity knows no bounds. So here's a quick recap of the bullshit women have had to hear from some of the most influential men in the country:
TESDA Chief Guiling Mamondiong says Pinays should not work overseas (March 2017)
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Guiling Mamondiong experienced backlash for his comments about female overseas Filipino workers. Mamondiong stated that women should no longer work abroad because "pinapadala [sila] sa ibang bansa para gawing alipin lamang (they are being sent abroad to become slaves)." To add fuel to the fire, Mamondiong also said: "When the women are empowered, they become more powerful not just in the workplace but [also] at home. Halos wala na silang oras sa kanilang mga asawa dahil sila nga ay powerful."
Senator Risa Hontiveros responded to this with: "We are not your servants. On behalf of Filipino women, especially those who work abroad, I'd like to remind the Director-General that our empowerment does not come at men's expense. I respectfully ask the Director-General to clarify his remark and his views on women. It is not within men's rights to dictate what role women should play whether it is at home or work."
Senator Tito Sotto insults Judy Taguiwalo, a single mom, during her Commission on Appointments hearing (May 2017)
During her Commission on Appointments hearing, Senator Tito Sotto made Judy Taguiwalo the butt of his joke when he made fun of her status as a single mom saying, "In the street language, when you have children and you are single, ang tawag lang ay na-ano lang."
Naturally, women, especially proud single moms, were angered by his "joke." The senator later gave a halfhearted apology: "Perhaps some people were overly sensitive or perhaps they didn't realize that it was in the CA (Commission on Appointments). Perhaps these are just people who are really not my fans, so to speak. Baka pakontra lang sa'kin iyan na kahit ano makita sa'kin ay pakontra na."
President Rodrigo Duterte on why he stays "faithful" to Filipinas (February 2018)
One of the several instances of sexism we've experienced since President Duterte took office is during the National Economic and Development Authority anniversary. He said that he isn't tempted by foreign women because they have a "queer" odor, which helps him stay "faithful" to Filipinas: "Sa malayo, maganda, exotic e. 'Di mo nakikita pero paglapit mo, queer na ang amoy. No, no, no, no, no. Balik tayo sa kwarto…Faithful ako sa Filipina. Marami lang sila pero faithful ako. 'Di naman kailangan isa lang. [laughter] Basta faithful ako sa Filipina. Mabango e."
Joey De Leon makes insensitive joke about former prostitute (February 2018)
A contestant named Mary Jane admitted on Eat Bulaga that she was a former prostitute: "Ginagawa ko dati sa Pasay, binebenta ko sarili ko…" Upon hearing this, host Joey De Leon joked, "May naging guest [or customer] ka bang taga-Eat Bulaga? Hindi, baka napasyal lang." Pointing at Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, Joey continued, "'Yang dalawang katabi mo."
Here's a response tweet that went viral:
Robin Padilla tells single mom: "Kailangan mo pa rin ng lalaki!" (April 2018)
ICYDK, Robin Padilla is one of the hosts of Pilipinas Got Talent. In one episode, a contestant named Kristel de Catalina chose to showcase her pole dancing abilities with a jaw-dropping show of strength and grace to a touching rendition of "Ikaw." Kristel revealed that she's a single mom.
Vice Ganda praised her for her strength: "Lalong nagpaganda pa yung simbolismo n'ung ginagawa mo, na pinapakita mo sa buong mundo na ikaw ay isang solo parent. Ikaw ay isang babae at ang isang babae ay kayang umangat at magningning kahit nagiisa." Unfortunately, Robin followed that with: "Pero kailangan mo pa rin ng lalaki!"
ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz compares his outburst to PMS symptoms (October 2018)
CCTV footage of John Bertiz harassing a NAIA staff over having to take his shoes off during security check went viral in September 2018. On October 1, 2018, he issued a public apology that ended in disaster when he compared his behavior to that of a woman on her period: "For the past three years that I've been a member of Congress, once a year na medyo nadadapuan po tayo ng monthly period…. 'Di ko na rin po maiaalis na tao lang po, na marupok at umiinit ang ulo. Naii-stress din sa trabaho."
Every Filipina was up in arms over the statement. Gabriela representative Emmie De Jesus responded, "Kaming mga babae ay walang problema sa regla, ang isyu ay ang arogansya niya. Women should not be stereotyped as arrogant and entitled during their menstrual period."