I want to be a doctor (sexism in medicine is not a myth).

I want to be a doctor. I’ve known this forever. In the back of my mind, I’ve always imagined it to be difficult, but not too difficult -just the reasonable amount of marathon studying, never-ending stress and running around as you might expect in any postgraduate course. But life has been telling me that it…

i’ve been thinking lately (on language, 1984 and the ‘bakla’)

I’ve been thinking more and more lately about language, and specifically their role on the formation of ideas and the creation of avenues of discourse. This won’t be a cohesive opinion, because I just want this out of my chest. I’ve been thinking too much. In Orwell’s 1984, the idea of crimethink (which exists in vernacular as thoughtcrime)…

Three things i learned from life

1. The prince smiles at the pauper and he says, welcome home. He removes her rags and seats her on a throne, gives her jewels, buys her gowns and drowns her in the kind of whispers i shouldn’t repeat. These are the kinds of bedtime stories my mother flushed down my throat: poor girl meets…

There are days when I wake up wishing I was a boy: less overt sexism, easier commute, more mobility. But then I imagine living under the pressure of both privilege and the machismo ideal, and I take it back. I like wearing dresses and rallying against oppression too much to give it up.

Haikus to Freedom

I was reading the Inquirer a week and a day ago, and I thought of airing some opinions on Philippine news. With some poetry. I. to think of the world quite odd: easy to clamor easy to forget The Philippines is perhaps one of the few “democratic” countries where a corrupt president –overthrown by a mass…

When Having Opinions Brings Rape Threats: A Captain America Story

When Having Opinions Brings Rape Threats: A Captain America Story I’m just so angry right now. The article boils down to the headline: a woman criticizes the work of a white guy in the comic book industry (Rick Remender) for portraying the Falcon (inebriated, if not drunk) having sex with a 22-year-old woman (who was thought…

The Perception of Sexism and Racism

The whole point of this post —the problem of dealing with sexism, classism, racism and other oppressive behaviors— is captured in this quote from @chocopompcirc: Racism in this day and age is often subconscious and implicit; you may have to think critically about it, rather than just seeing a black body hanging from a tree…

In No Regrets, women writers talk about what it was like to read literature’s “midcentury misogynists.”

This isn’t just about the books. When young women read the hypermasculine literary canon—what Emily Gould calls the “midcentury misogynists,” staffed with the likes of Roth, Mailer, and Miller—their discomfort is punctuated by the knowledge that their male peers are reading these books, identifying with them, and acting out their perspectives and narratives. These writers…