RH LAW, now!
WHY THIS WOMAN IS PRO RH BILLDecember 6, 2012
Since the dawn of human history women had already been regarded as second class citizens. Biblically, women were made next and out of men, this idea has never been disputed and was accepted without question by women because the Bible said it so. Anthropologically, there are countless ethnographic studies that would support the fact that women play second or the gender category that always take the back-seat in favor of men. Isn’t this a familiar phenomenon in Philippine cultural set-up? Sad to say, I’m at it too. Today, even in the most modern of societies, double standards set for women still vibrantly thrive, in fact, further reinforced. Whether planned or not this discourse has performed an immense influence in the lives of women, history, their life chances, one circumstance leading to another.
Women, Poverty and Overpopulation
Let’s just put a conservative estimate that Philippine population as of today is 90million, this figure then made the Philippines ranked 12th among the most populous countries in the world.
And since society, culture, religion etc. dictates that women should play support to men, they assume routinely the role of an ideal housewife or SAHM (Stay at home mom) to blogging lingo, which comes with it the ‘tig’ roles, ‘tig-ere, tig-laba, tig-alaga ng bata, and etcetera, etcetera. The reproductive job that I knew I have the option not to do, but should because social standards dictate it so, though I'm not afraid of social sanction, it's the stress brought about by this social stigma that I can't stand about.
And since women are pegged at home they’ve left with no choice but live along with that chunk of bacon their men brought home. Theoretically, this is the ideal thing, the women are left home waiting, tending and keeping the home fire burning, but in reality, the bacon is just overly undersized to distribute among the brood, this is why there are more Avon ladies than the number of soldiers in this country, there are more women who blog to earn than men, there are more women that perform underrated economic measures that are not even counted in the GDP.
Thing is, this picture can be deemed applicable only to women who have earned degrees and has opted to stay at home because again of the above reason. Now, take this circumstance several levels below, women who doesn’t even know how to read and write, been impregnated and endure 12 children and not even a slightest idea what family planning is all about - living in scanty situation, fed on instant noodles and rummaged food on the sidewalks, the husband has gone somewhere to find meager jobs with women left to budget P50 a day for 12 hungry children, isn’t poverty a woman’s face?
The Prolife advocates say it’s not overpopulation that is a problem because we still have aplenty of vast expanse of lands somewhere that are still devoid of people.
Do this 'Prolife' knew that even the highest peak of this island-nation is unavailable? Do these Prolife knew that the greedy, the voracious, the ravenous, the rapacious businessmen had occupied, had grabbed the vast tracks of lands in the mountains and turned them into milking farm or however they've done to take advantage of it? Least they knew it because they’ve lived all their lives in the streets of abundance and profuse resources.
If Prolife can drive away the Consunjis, the Alcantaras and the many more of their kind who occupied thousands of hectares of land to sustain their so-called sustainable economics, then I can see decongestion.
Morals, Religion and Manny Pacquiao
Let it be known that the fundamental law of this land provides no official religion, sad as it may seem that our right to Suffrage has sent majority of those who occupy the pork barrel seats to be Catholics, but these people should know that they are not making policies for Catholics alone, there are other faithfuls that they should serve and that is what they’re for.
Let it be known too, that there can be other morals, not necessarily of Catholics that serve each individual’s principles, so why do these white robed guys so insistent of pushing in their own morals? I know quiet the answer, if this breakdown happens, Catholic Church would lose power, would lose millions of money from lowly, uneducated women who religiously shoot a dime praying earnestly a life miracle can happen.
Let it be known too, that the voice of Manny Pacquiao does not necessarily represent the voice of every individual in his constituency, a system I disgust to the extreme of my morals.
Men over woman’s body
You can only count with your fingers women involve in body politic, apparent evidence that still this ‘male domination’ concept subsist, though today it's a moving practice, it's still slow a pace.
Women, don’t you realize men are dictating once and again what we’re going to do with our bodies? Hell, yeah. Have I lived in the time of Hypatia; I could have also been striped, skinned and burned alive.But this is the 21st century mate, give women a break, educate them, given them all the informed options there are in this universe, let them live their lives the way they wanted to.
RH Bill, Conspiracy theory
From the point of view of Anti-RH Bill, this would be a policy orchestrated by the Western powers to slow-down if not to halt population in countries with high fertility rates; sadly that includes our beloved country – the Philippines.
The rationale is to drug (the pills, injectables, etc), and to brainwash populace not to reproduce more on the motive of the ill-effects of overpopulation, but according to those who conspire, [few of the reasons why I hate I know how to read] this is done so to diminish the use of resources so that there would be more for West’s consumption. I remember the old Bush once said, 'American lives are non negotiable'. So this RH bill might have been one of those schemes they plan to contain resources, at least we weren’t shelled like that of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whatever the truth behind this speculated discourse, one thing is certain and it runs on my postmodernistic truth that is - there is a blatant correlation between income, size of family, health of the children that according to Jose Rizal - the would be future of this country and as a matter-of-factly, the disposition of women raising these children.
The West has long been encroaching our sovereignty, what difference does it make to address first this clear and present problem.
RH LAW, now!
RH LAW, now!
Posted by verna luga
She earned her Masters in Applied Social Research at Ateneo de Davao University. She's a hard-core pluralist, an eternal optimist, a 40ish realist and a frustrated florist. She’s a mother, a teacher, a dreamer and who knows one day a potter.
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