“MMM, SARAP NIYAN”
“AMEN NAMAN MGA PASTOR”
This is “Fucc Culture” and we’re seeing a lot of it nowadays. However, that’s only because parts of it started to gain the public eye; especially true with the recent “Pastor Hokage” scandal. Facebook groups are just the tip of the iceberg. This is a culture centered upon the exploitation of women; from passing around sexual photos and videos, to full on harassment of women on the street or in the workplace. This problem is systemic; dating back decades, precluding Facebook groups and all.
Pastor Hokage and his disciples
Blessed are the perverts, for they shall be heralded by their fellow men. Several Facebook groups bearing names of “Pastor Hokage” have recently come under the spotlight of the media and has faced a near endless barrage of backlash from social media. Inside these groups are men that come from different backgrounds, from teens to proud fathers. These men share a common interest, however. Inside these groups is a plethora of content from pictures of women in suggestive poses to full on pornographic content. However, at the core of it all is the amount of non-consented sharing of pictures of women. Little to none of the women involved know just how much images of their bodies are being feasted upon to feed the sexual desires of thousands of men they don’t even know. This is a system driven by culture within these groups for members to pitch in or “ambag” to their collection. Furthermore, reports reveal the sharing of pictures of minors. Actual groups of human beings hungry to sexualize children. Even I am lost for words.
Pastor Hokage is by no means the only perpetrator. Before groups of thousands and thousands of men congregated to amass these content, women have long been subjected to this culture – albeit at a comparatively smaller scale. Commonly known as “revenge porn”, people have long been circulating non-consented pictures of their partners/former partners for a myriad of purposes. As the name suggests, the most common motivation is revenge, particularly for failed relationships. Frustrated lovers send pictures or videos of their exes to co-workers, classmates, or family. The repercussions are enormous. Some women are faced with the prospect of unemployment. Victims are subjected to expulsion from their educational institutions. Since it’s on the internet, these women face more than a lifetime of shame and backlash from their communities. While others get back their lives, some are not as fortunate; either by noose or a bridge over a river. Throughout all of these, rarely do perpetrators ever even face accountability.
Finally, at the worst end of these problems, we have the decency to put the blame on the victims.
“Ginusto mo ‘yan!”
“Pok pok ka kasi”
“Sige, pairalin mo pa ‘yang kalandian mo”
Here’s the thing, no one in their right mind has ever wanted to be harassed, to have their bodies preyed upon be degenerates, to be treated as an object. It’s easy to say to victims that “if you didn’t want it to spread, then you should have never taken that photo.” However, those photos were never intended to be spread by their partners. It was intended to be a consensual act that the victim trusts, will never leave the confines of their relationship. In addition, some of these photos were never intended to be taken by the victim in the first place. Cases have happened wherein individuals were either forced, pressured, or abused by their partners in order to obtain the obscene images of the victims. In the end, in most cases, insult is added to injury. We have the actual decency to look a victim, who has been disrespected, harassed, and violated, in the eye and say “this is your fault.”
Fortunately, governments have pushed to address this problem. The state of California in 2013 passed a law that addresses “nonconsensual pornography” through its inclusion in California’s computer crimes. Even our country now has the National Privacy Commission tasked with dealing with privacy related crimes and incidents. It still remains, however, that the best way to address this problem is an empathetic society. Having humanity recognize a fellow in need, instead of deepening the wounds already bleeding.
Fucc Culture is rampant. It not only brings shame but brings entire lives to a grinding halt. As a message to my fellow men, don’t do this, not simply because “para kayong walang ina/kapatid na babae”, rather because respect is an essential part of our humanity. We have testosterone, but we also have our neurons firing to make rational decisions. So please, stop.
Facebook groups and revenge porn are, like what I have said, just the tip of the iceberg. Fucc Culture extends everywhere, from the streets, schools, workplaces, and even family. All of these will be covered in the coming weeks.
You have a voice in all these. If you, or someone you know is/are in need of assistance, contact the following immediately:
- Department of Social Welfare and Development
(02)931-8101 to 07 or your local social welfare office
- Philippine National Police
723-0401 to 20 or your local police
- PNP-Women and Children Protection Center
410-3213 or your local barangay women and children’s desk
- NBI-Violence Against Women and Children Desk
523-8231 to 38/525-6028