Tuesday , September 26 2017

Of Rape Jokes and Beauty Pageants: Millennial Woman Empowerment

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Miss Universe Pageant

All eyes are glued to the television this January 30, 2017, as we witness yet another Miss Universe pageant. After our very own Pia Wurtzbach brought home the crown from the last year’s pageant, the hype has become intense as the whole nation follows every bit of the event to see if the Philippines is going to win the crown for two years in a row.
Social media sites have been flooded with pageant-related stories. It seemed like everyone milking every story they can get from the event. From the national costumes to swimsuit, to who are the delegates’ professional makeup artist, and what certain personality said about the contestants—name it, and there is sure a Miss Universe story about it.

At the end, the pageant Iris Mittenaere of France was crowned as the new Miss Universe. And our representative, Maxine Medina, has come close to make it until the top 6.

Rape Jokes

On February 4, a certain Facebook page has posted about a tasteless rape joke. The post states “Hindi ka magagahasa, kung eenjoyin mo.(You won’t be raped if you enjoy it). The said post has received mixed reactions from its audience, some, surprisingly found the joke funny and laughed along while most have raged in frustration.

Eventually, the said Facebook page has been shut down—credit goes to some concerned netizens who don’t just dislike the tasteless of humor the page is promoting but also like to promote consciousness about how serious issues relating to rape is.

Where Women Stand

For years now, woman empowerment has not been a term that we can only hear from radical people fighting for their spot in the current society. There have many instances that it has been proven that the right man for the job is actually a woman. The norm wherein a parent stays at home to deal with house task is not an exclusive role for women anymore. Women are becoming aware of their rights and capabilities and are stepping out of these stereotypical profiles and their so-called comfort zones. And it is not as foreign as it was before to see women leading their own family, country, or team. Women are now on an equal footing as men. The fact it is not that surprising to find out the some of the top public servants, directors, media practitioner, professional makeup artists, corporate supervisor, or public figure in the Philippines are women.

It is just sad to think that in these modern times where we have seen two female presidents hold the highest power in the country, people still make rape jokes and think as if such subject matter is funny. We have seen men, not just in the Philippines but even on the international scene, take jobs that are once seen as occupation for women only like being a professional makeup artist, stylist, sewer, models, and the likes. We have seen women take on a laborious job. Just when you think people are starting to see gender equality on a new light. It’s even much worse to think that one day we are appreciating the beauty of women through international pageants and on the next day we are jeering over a Facebook post and condemning other people about their gender.

And with these stories laid and points laid out, I leave you with this question: Where do women really stand in our society?

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