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where the Pinay speaks on womanhood

celebrate! Annie Ramirez wins gold in jiu jitsu at the Asian Beach Games

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Top left photo via, two other file photos from John Baylon BJJ site.

celebrate! Kerry Washington wears her real hair

Imagine what all our celebrities would look like if they resisted the flat iron and the rebonding and relaxing and … just stopped cheating the public and showed us their real hair?



resistance: real women in H&M video

More info here, and here.

celebrate! Janelle Mae Frayna! The PH’s First Woman Grandmaster!

Photo by David Llada via

More of this story here.

wisdom: because talking about class and nation is to talk about womanhood, too.


celebrate! the PH women’s chess team’s slugging it out at the 2016 Olympiad

Women International Masters Janelle Mae Frayna, Jan Jodilyn Fronda, Catherine Perena Secopito, WNM Cristy Lamiel Bernales, Women FIDE Master Shanai Mae Mendoza are slugging it out at the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.


Mendoza, a newbie at the Chess Olympiad beat World Candidate Master Maili-Jade Ouellet on her first game. The team is now up at #16.


celebrate! Alicia Keys on the red carpet … and still no make-up!

And rocking it, too! One dreams of a local celebrity who would do this!


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! Alicia Keys frees herself from make-up

I hope to God it’s a revolution.

‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.



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