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Karina and Krizza
May 29, 2021
In LGBTQ
Gender expression, as part of a person's SOGIE, is externalizing your experience with gender. How you express it is not relative to what sex you were born, the gender you identify with, or what sexuality you have. Gender non-conforming people have been discriminated against based on outdated ideologies. We have to understand that it's such a highly personal experience crucial in completing self-identity, and we can't dictate how they do it. Otherwise, it leads others into suppressing parts of themselves and fearful to show who they truly are. It shouldn't matter if someone is a masculine woman, a feminine man, an androgynous non-binary, or someone who enjoys doing drag. Live life as truthfully as you can be to yourself; become the person your heart calls out to be. Embrace every part of you — they're beautiful. There's nothing to hide. Words by: Beatriz Balitian Muse: Jea Wella Lagamon
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Karina and Krizza
Mar 15, 2021
In LGBTQ
To those who say otherwise, the separation of sex and gender is not a modern ideology. It has existed within a variety of cultures and societies only to be erased by colonialism. We can find trans women in the beginnings of Philippine history — accepted and treated as women with great honor and respect as they became "Babaylans." They have always been there. Our experiences all differ with environment, socioeconomic status, politics, and so much more variables. In that regard, we have no place to dictate who is or isn’t a woman when the truth is: there is no singular answer on what a woman is. We exist beyond the margins of what generations have told us to be. We are women with different self expressions, different hopes and goals, and different perceptions on who we are as a person. Statistically, at least fifty trans and non-binary people have been killed in our country in a span of 10 years but, there’s no doubt that the tally would be higher with unreported cases and misgendered victims. Nevertheless, let’s not let those numbers rise higher. Remember their names. Remember Jennifer Laude, Jessa Remiendo, and Madonna Niera. They are only a few of the people who have been killed for being trans. We can’t be picky on how we support trans people. It takes less than a second to use the correct pronouns, the name they prefer, and to treat them with basic human decency. It might be too late to change the minds of others, but let’s not be discouraged. The fight for women's rights has never been exclusive to cisgender women. Feminism means also standing with our trans sisters. We mourn for those who never got to see the light of the next day. We ensure the lives of future generations so that they won’t experience the same violence that trans people have endured for years. We will never stop until they gain the rights and equity that they, too, deserve. When we celebrate women, we celebrate all women. Words by: Beatriz Balitian Muse: Rica Salomon
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Karina and Krizza
Feb 03, 2021
In Body Positivity
So what's the problem? The patriarchal and misogynistic values are still around in our society. It expects women to be pristine and feminine. They are ashamed for not shaving or waxing despite body hair being natural — that body hair on women, if not on our head only, is too masculine, too unkept, and unladylike. In the eyes of men, women's bodies have been perceived as desirable objects. We have to break from the values and systems we were conditioned with because women's bodies are not commodities. Our bodies are not other people's property but ours. We choose what we want for it. Women's bodies are beautiful and worthy. No matter how it looks like — no one can defame and belittle you. Words by: Beatriz Balitian Muse: Karina Dela Cruz
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