Fucc Culture: An Inside Look | Part One

“CHIX OH!”

“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.

Source: http://www.esquiremag.ph

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.

Source: http://www.philstar.com

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

 

Sources:

Rappler

Shouse California Law Group

Esquire Philippines

The Philippine Star

 

O, Binibining Bayani | Part One

Apart from the “special” bunch of kids who wondered “bakit laging naka-upo si Apolinario Mabini?” the general consensus is that we, the typical Filipino population, have at least some knowledge of who our Filipino heroes are. However, if I asked right now “who is Teresa Magbanua, Marcela Marcelo, and Agueda Esteban?” I’d probably get several “uhm’s” and a few permissions to Google it. Don’t blame yourself though, I also didn’t know who they were before. Why? Let’s take a look at the history of history.

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Rizal Portrait, Wikimedia Commons

As of today, nearly all of us know reformist writer Jose Rizal as the national hero of the Philippines. However, what not a lot of us know is that currently, the Philippines doesn’t have an official national hero. This is in spite of the initiatives carried out as far back as 1995 when the National Heroes Committee recommended nine historically significant persons for the title. This included Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino, and Gabriela Silang. On one hand, it’s great that these people are recognized by the general population as prime examples of courage and nationalism. On the other, however, we can note the fact that the only two women on the list, Melchora Aquino and Gabriela Silang, are probably also the only two women we can recall from colonial Philippine history. We can cite a lot of reasons, with fingers immediately pointing to our basic education curriculum. However, can we really put all of the blame on the DepEd? Not exactly.

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Artist depiction, bibliodyssey.blogspot.com

Women’s rights movements have dated since the 1840‘s. It has had immense success especially in the areas of suffrage and labor. However, we must also acknowledge the overarching stigma in our society affecting females – degradation. We associated women with inferiority, ironically, because of the roles we gave them in the first place. Women during the colonial period were limited to being homemakers; and although we have given them right to be educated, we educated them as housewives. This cycle continued until it was inculcated. Many have accepted this limited role, simply because it had become the way of life. It is because of this association that we tended to overlook the roles women played in the revolution; “those are men’s jobs” we would assume. With the misplaced roles we have assigned them, even today’s educational curriculum fails to adequately represent just how big a role women played in the fight for our freedom. Not only did they keep supply lines and medical support running, some have even taken on a front line roles in combat. Yet, it simply is more convenient to remember them on the sidelines with their cooking and sewing. What a shame.

Like I said, not all the blame falls on our educational system, yet I also believe that it’s time to stop clinging to a mistake, even if it took us decades to make. We need to further recognize women in our historical records and our curriculum. All of which would trickle down for the better; for if we knew the reality of the potential women had historically, we will be able to progress well into a future of equity.

Who should we include? Come back next week for part two.


Sources:

National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Filipiknow

Aldrinlimequila (Photos)