A lot of Western foreigners have a misconception about Filipino women. Some of them think that women from the Philippines are submissive and are objects of subjugation. While most of the foreigners think this way, it is not wholly their fault.
During the Spanish era, the time where Filipinos are forced to work hard in order to produce surplus to pay for the government and the church, women played a very important part in this struggle. This is the time wherein Filipino women are exploited.
The Spanish brought Christianity to the Philippines. However, beyond this great contribution, they are also regarded as the main culprit of distorting the image of Filipino women, degrading their value in the society. The Spanish era then turned Filipino women from highly-respected individuals in the society to lowly women that most men can play with.
From this time on, the image of Filipino women are always tied with household, someone who only has the duty to take care of her husband and children. Additionally, women in the Philippines are recognized as good daughters, women who can outlast sufferings, women with sealed lips, and absolutely has no standing in the politics.
However, at present society, this definition about Filipino women already changed. Whether she lives in a rural or urban area, Filipinas are more exposed to a lot of options. They already found their voice and as a matter of fact, have contributed a lot to the Philippine society.
Because of this, Filipinas gained their voices along with the society’s respect. You may easily see successful Filipinas in the fields of law, politics, medicine, business, technology, and so on.
But regardless of all the success and achievements of Filipinas, there are also some undesirable picturesque about Filipino women being exploited as domestics, entertainers, and mail-to-order brides due to the rising “flesh” industry.
Even though there are instances about Filipino women being this and that, foreigners should never discriminate all Filipinas this way. Instead, treat all Filipinas as someone who is respected and loveable. Despite all the discrimination about Filipino women, Filipinas are characterized as strong and independent. Additionally, they have their very own unique common sense, wisdom, strength, and courage that keep all Filipinas stand out.