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truth: our daughters, our selves

truth: women can unite despite difference

truth: say it with me — patriarchy.

The first battle we need to win is one that is about not fearing words. Even big difficult ones. For this one, the task is to understand it, so you can stand against it.

Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life. Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained. Many men in our nation would not be able to spell the word or pronounce it correctly. The word “patriarchy” just is not a part of their normal everyday thought or speech. Men who have heard and know the word usually associate it with women’s liberation, with feminism, and therefore dismiss it as irrelevant to their own experiences. I have been standing at podiums talking about patriarchy for more than thirty years. It is a word I use daily, and men who hear me use it often ask me what I mean by it. — bell hooks.

celebrate: Lea Salonga!

One of the few celebrities who continues to keep her voice — and her balls — no matter the trappings of Pinoy mainstream showbusiness. Always refreshing, always always a welcome display of pop feminism.

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wisdom: maging ikaw.

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truth: women are always more than their looks

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truth: what is wrong with being called a girl?

“What do you think is so bad about “girl”? I’m a girl. And your boss. And powerful. And rich. And hot. And smart. So if you perceive Supergirl as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem … you?”

truth: female weakness is a state of the male mind.

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truth: what you wear is NOT who you are.

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