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[OPINION] A victim of a voyeur, and the tragedies of filing a report

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'How can the victim of a practiced voyeur have a copy of the video? How can the victim have access to the perpetrator’s database, hard drive, memory, or cloud? Must they demand it from the voyeur?

[OPINION] I won’t wear KNPP clothing’s lewd shirts

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:42 AM

'If clothes reflect who we are, then what does it mean when we wear a shirt with a vulva?'

Bawal Bastos law emboldens Filipinos to condemn Duterte sexism – Hontiveros

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Though President Rodrigo Duterte is immune from suit while he is Chief Executive, the new law should serve as a guide for him and a resource for Filipinos who want to call out his misogynistic behavior

Risa Hontiveros. Photo by Rappler

'Boys will be boys': Locker room talk and online harassment

Dec 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Online spaces have made the locker rooms bigger – and more sinister

Fake news, real women: Disinformation gone macho

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

When disinformation is weaponized against women, misogyny rears its ugly head

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Campus violence and toxic rhetoric – where are the adults?

Nov 25, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Those leaked conversations are a mirror of the hatred and bigotry that fuel violence. What happens next will be a litmus test for UP.

Netizens do a spit take over Duterte's 'laway mo, kunin ko' statement

Oct 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

There is also online clamor for senatorial bet Pia Cayetano to respond to President Rodrigo Duterte's misogynistic remarks

Why women, including feminists, are still attracted to 'benevolently sexist' men

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Does benevolent sexism always undermine women? It might depend on context.

SIGNAL. What sort of signal does holding a door for a woman send? KOLOTAILO LIDIIA

[OPINION] In defense of mothers and others

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Don't be fooled. Benevolent sexism lives on in silence and maintains the harm.

Manny Pacquiao: boxer, senator, bigot

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

When he used his power, renown, and privilege to actively rob us of our rights and our humanity, it is only fair that we refuse this convenient compartmentalization and rob him of the things that put him there in the first place.

Duterte explains preferring male appointees: 'Mapapagawa ko ba 'yan sa babae?'

Jun 22, 2018 - 9:59 PM

For President Rodrigo Duterte, there are just some jobs you can't leave to women

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sings along with one of the performers during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) at the Gymnasium of the GSIS Financial Center in Pasay City on June 19, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The President is a misogynist. Now what?

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The President is never going to change. Sexism, for him, is a default. It's time for us to recognize, if we haven't already, that this country has put machismo in power. But we can change this.

#BabaeAko campaign: Filipino women fight back against Duterte's misogyny

May 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Using the hashtag #BabaeAko, Filipino women are taking to social media to fight President Rodrigo Duterte's sexist and misogynistic behavior

Disgusted netizens take on Facebook page teaching men how to 'pick up' women

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Netizens call the PUA Academy page a 'manifestation of toxic masculinity,' through which men learn how to sexually harass women and treat them as conquests

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Mar 10, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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HRW: Duterte's 'shoot women in vagina' remark violates int'l humanitarian law

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and Gabriela Women's Party say President Rodrigo Duterte's latest lewd remark 'openly encourages violence against women'

SHOOT THEM. President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes female rebels for joining the armed conflict when they should be home taking care of their families. Malacañang file photo

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Feb 09, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Duterte's '42 virgins' joke an insult to Filipinas, says Akbayan Women

Jan 27, 2018 - 7:55 PM

'We deserve a president who can represent Filipinos: men, women, and LGBT alike abroad,' says the activist group

DUTERTE IN INDIA. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the presentation of business agreements after the Philippines-India Business Forum at The Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, India on January 26, 2018. Photo by Malacañang

Duterte jokes about '42 virgins' as tourism 'come-on'

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'I'd like to have the virgins here, not in heaven,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, during a business forum in India

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight PR001 upon his arrival at the New Delhi International Airport in India on January 24, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The persisting culture of sexism towards the WNBA

Oct 05, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Instead of people commenting praises for the Minnesota Lynx's championship victory, Facebook soon became a hotbed for machismo-driven witticism

CHAMPIONS AGAIN. The Minnesota Lynx won their 4th WNBA championship, but they couldn't escape the typical chauvinistic comments on social media which seek to minimize the achievements of female athletes. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP

Growing chorus denounces sexist Silicon Valley culture

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Now increasing numbers of women are going public with complaints of gender based discrimination – in some cases leading men to step down

TECH WORLD. A view of Startup Alley during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 - Day 3 at Pier 36 on May 17, 2017 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Emotional blackmail: 8 signs your 'romantic' efforts are crossing the line

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:30 PM

There s creepy behavior that people misconstrue or try to pass off as romantic Are you guilty of them?

Women empowerment not about competing with men – Robredo

May 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Sometimes it is about collaboration rather than leading Sometimes it is about following and encouraging others to follow as well says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo gives a speech during the She for She: A Forum on Women's Solidarity on theme of sharing values and human rights, particularly on women's rights, held at the Century Mall in Makati May 16, 2017. (Photo by OVP)

[DASH of SAS] Whipping some sense into Tito Sotto

May 10, 2017 - 6:23 PM

This is what a man like you needs A man like you who doesn t know how to act when faced with a woman with a mind of her own and achievements that surpass your own

The deeper effect of name-calling women

May 04, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Often attacks on women online are sexually laden They are meant to demean Men when they get attacked online also get death or physical threats as women do but are spared comments about their bodies or their sexuality

Sotto slammed for 'na-ano' comment, called 'sexist', 'basura'

May 03, 2017 - 6:53 PM

People call out Senator Sotto for his sexist comments during the confirmation hearing of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo

Video games linked to increased sexism in teenagers – study

Mar 20, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The researchers note however that the influence of gaming on teens attitude remains limited and that religious fervor remains a greater determinant of sexism

Imposing vanity tax 'discriminatory’ vs women – Quimbo

Jan 11, 2017 - 5:25 PM

House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo says excise tax is usually imposed on luxury items or those that pose health risks neither of which apply on beauty products and services

NO TO VANITY TAX. Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo does not think the DOF should impose excise taxes on beauty products and services. Photo by Rappler

Of marriage, morality and misogyny

Nov 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Why a double standard exists in Philippine politics and society

De Lima: 2016 year of 'misogynist, dictatorial sociopaths'

Oct 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

God forbid there’s another misogynistic leader emerging in the world because this would just be trading one chauvinistic mammal for another says Senator Leila de Lima as she warned of a Trump presidency

YEAR OF MISOGYNY? Senator Leila De Lima calls Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US presidential candidate Donald Trump 'misogynistic, dictatorial sociopaths.'

Will you support the Metro Manila Pride 2016?

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Metro Manila Pride holds 3 fundraising events to prepare for their annual Pride March set for June 25

LGBT PRIDE. A rainbow flag hangs on one of the walls of the venue where the fundraining event for Metro Manila Pride March 2016 was held. Photo by Katrina Artiaga/ Rappler

LA weather reporter asked to cover up on air: workplace sexism?

May 17, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Los Angeles based weather reporter Liberté Chan is asked to cover up on air and addresses a controversy dubbed by observers as Sweatergate

COVER UP. KTLA weather reporter Liberté Chan is asked to cover up on air, but she clarifies that this was done in the spirit of fun as her co-anchors were teasing her. Screengrab from from Life of Liberte (

Torture-praising politician seizes limelight in Brazil

Apr 20, 2016 - 1:42 PM

The growing popularity of a lawmaker who praises torture and military dictatorship is the latest sign of Brazil slipping into unpredictable – and some say dangerous – political territory

In this file photo, legislator Jair Bolsonaro participates in a session held at Chamber of Legislators in Brasilia, Brazil, April 1, 2014. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Where are the women? Why it's important to have female police officers in Indonesia

Dec 08, 2015 - 12:31 PM

If the culture within the police corps still discriminates against women effective protection for women’s rights will fall short

FEMALES CRUCIAL. Female members of the Indonesian police force ride motorbikes as they mark Kartini Day in Jakarta. File Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Iran orchestra barred over women musicians

Nov 29, 2015 - 6:34 PM

It s absolutely impossible for women to play musical instruments on stage event organizers say

#PugadBaboy: Pedophiles all

Oct 16, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Sexism, 'Playgirls', and the Liberal Party

Oct 02, 2015 - 4:31 PM

When they’re not too busy washing their hands clean their silence tells us that it is okay to treat women like objects

Faces of diversity at US Internet giants

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:12 AM

White or Asian men are the typical employees in major US technology firms and this has changed little since the first wave of diversity reporting last year

Trump out front in new polls, but warning signs emerge

Aug 11, 2015 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED Trump doubles down on his assertion that he will not rule out a third party candidacy – a nightmare scenario for the Republicans

PROTEST. A demonstrator's sign is seen prior to a gathering near Donald Trump's luxury hotel project in DC to protest his recent remarks about Mexican immigrants in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, USA, 09 July 2015. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

Trump refuses to apologize for 'blood' remark

Aug 09, 2015 - 10:20 PM

UPDATED Donald Trump says only sick people or a deviant would have concluded he was talking about the Fox News journalist s mentsruation

NO APOLOGY. A file picture dated 27 February 2015 shows American businessman Donald Trump on stage to address the American Conservative Union's 42nd Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, USA. Photo by Pete Marovich/EPA

A summer of sacred cows

Jun 18, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Awards and headlines can make you forget that the public will respect you more if you also recognize that as a human being you are capable of erring But that is really difficult for public personae to accept these days

British Nobel laureate resigns over remarks about 'girls' in labs

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Hunt has apologized for causing offense after his suggestion that female scientists could not take criticism without crying and that relationships between men and women in the laboratory disrupted work

In this file photo, English biochemist, the Nobel-prize winner Sir Richard Timothy 'Tim' Hunt meets with the press at the Jozsef Attila Study and Information Centre of Szeged Sciences University in Szegede on March 22, 2012. Csaba Segesvari/AFP

Anger in India over Modi's 'despite being a woman' speech

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:21 PM

While scores poked fun at the Indian premier s gaffe others expressed anger questioning whether Modi meant women were generally tolerant of terrorism

HIGH-LEVEL MEET. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L), Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (C) and the Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee (R) wave after a flag-off bus service between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 6, 2015. Stringer/EPA

FULL STATEMENT: Tony Meloto on 'sexist' speech controversy

May 26, 2015 - 2:58 PM

Gawad Kalinga s founder responds to accusations made about the controversial speech he gave at the University of Hawaii in April

SEXIST SPEECH. Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto is slammed by the University of Hawaii's Center for Philippine Studies for his speech that strayed from the center's 40th anniversary theme and for the alleged sexist remarks he made during the speech. Screengrab from YouTube

GK's Meloto responds: 'My speech drew enthusiastic response'

May 26, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Contrary to the allegation that he is sexist Meloto says he has honored and taken care of women in the past 20 years

SEXIST SPEECH. Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto is slammed by the University of Hawaii's Center for Philippine Studies for his speech that strayed from the center's 40th anniversary theme and for the alleged sexist remarks he made during the speech. Screengrab from YouTube

HK politician apologizes to OFWs for 'misinterpreted' remark

Apr 24, 2015 - 6:03 PM

Despite the apology Filipino community groups will continue with their plan to protest on April 26 and file a case with the Equal Opportunities Commission

Stop the Internet scumbags

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:00 AM

If anyone is still to be convinced that Philippine culture is sexist and that a whole lot of men out there think it’s okay to be sexually violent to women then look at what these people have come up with

'Jeepney nurses' photo sparks sexism debate online

Oct 16, 2014 - 6:11 PM

Is chivalry dead? Netizens battle it out on Facebook