Misogyny in the Philippines: A deep-seated societal and familial problem

keep-calm-and-fight-misogynyThe Oxford Dictionaries define misogyny as “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women”. Sexual harassment, on the other hand, is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature…”

Since the start of the Duterte administration, focus has been largely on the drug menace. What has been grossly underestimated but is rearing its ugly head even more clearly now is the deeply rooted misogynistic mindset in so many men. In just a few months, this issue has bubbled to the surface in rapid frequency.

Take some of these recent cases.

Case 1: Locker room talk victimizes a minor

In a recent case, a woman posted screenshots of a group chat among college boys on her Facebook wall. They had posted pictures of her cousin, a minor in high school, and spoke about her sexually in so many different ways — even adding her to their chat several times so she could see what they were saying about her. The abuse was so bad — it even included a post with her face and genitalia pasted on top of it.

The female cousin who exposed the posts of these boys was subjected to threats and insults herself. She eventually deactivated her Facebook account. Many who chose to defend the boys simply attributed their actions to the “boys will be boys” syndrome.

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