Recently, there were two incidents that caught the attention of the general public and the media.
Ben Chan is the owner of a very popular local clothing line, Bench. They held a fashion show entitled "The Naked Truth" to showcase their new line of underwear. This is almost always a yearly event and people look forward to seeing their favorite Bench models clad only in their underwear.
Nothing wrong with that, I guess, because it IS a fashion show. There was one segment in the show, however, that caused a big stir. It was a woman on a leash and made to act as if she was a wild animal. Personally, I found this very offensive. Women are not animals. Women are not slaves. To make women portray a role like this is downright degrading. Here is the video of that segment in the show. Please pay attention to the first minute of the clip.
The second incident was a t-shirt sold in the Philippines' largest department store chain. SM (Shoemart) Malls had a shirt in (of all places), the teens section that said, "Its not rape. Its a snuggle with a struggle." I am correct in thinking that this statement shirt is glorifying rape?
How could this thing that get into the SM stores? The SM Malls, owned by Henry Sy, have a total of 49 establishments all over the country. It is the destination of choice of the common Filipino during weekends. Can you just imagine how many minds were corrupted seeing that shirt on display? I understand it would not have been the mall owner's fault but what about the purchasing officers? Shouldn't they have known better? Don't they have daughters? or sisters? We should not make a joke about the act of rape. Any victim can attest to the horrors of it and is now living in fear and shame brought about by the experience.
These two incidents have violated Section 16 of Republic Act 9710, known as "The Magna Carta of Women"
SECTION 16. Nondiscriminatory and Nonderogatory Portrayal of Women in Media and Film. — The State shall formulate policies and programs for the advancement of women in collaboration with government and nongovernment media-related organizations. It shall likewise endeavor to raise the consciousness of the general public in recognizing the dignity of women and the role and contribution of women in the family, community, and the society through the strategic use of mass media.
I have signed this petition in Change.org.
The public has the right to demand that Shoemart and Bench must prove how they will put into actions their respective promise to end this dehumanizing and demoralizing culture they've promoted. Boycotting these companies, bringing them to court for their violation of the Magna Carta of Women are options which the public will consider if they do not respond to this call.
Women are not class B human beings. We do not deserve to be degraded, discriminated or dehumanized.
This is an appeal for women to rise up and be heard. All you need to do is to sign the petition to effect the change. Do it now. Do it for yourself, your daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and for all the women you know.
Here is the link where you can digitally sign and be part of this cause.
I am not "just a woman."
I AM A WOMAN.