I have always been curious as to why people think women should be like this and women should be like that. I don’t know who started it and I don’t know why the consensus before went along with it, but I just can’t take it.
I can’t understand why they keep telling me to not climb trees or run around or even ride bicycles. I don’t know why you can’t talk too much or laugh too loud. And I don’t know why they think women shouldn’t love other women.
But what I do know is that gender quality is important. A good body image is important. Reading books make you smart and is important. Safe sex and sex education is important. And that having a say and control over your body and health is important.
The Philippines has been pushing for the RH Bill to be passed for decades now. And the Catholic Church and all other religious zealots, who think that maternal mortality is not important, is derailing the bill and using all their money and influence on stopping it.
And now, they’re even saying that the Storm Pablo which ravaged Southern Mindanao and claimed hundreds of lives, is an act of god? That devastation brought on by the flood is a lesson for everyone? That the winds that brought down houses and left women and children cold and hungry is a show of power that proves that god is against the RH Bill in the Philippines? Really? You are using a vengeful, sexist, misogynist god to create fear and instill your influence over the RH Bill by sensationalizing this tragedy, just so you can use it for your own skewed view of the world?
I am so angry that I couldn’t believe these priests in the Philippines would resort to this. Forget about credibility. Whoever thought they would argue against UN and WHO, as reported here on Philippine Daily Inquirer to declare that condoms have holes, big enough that viruses such as HIV, could penetrate through them?
Forget about decency. Nobody has the right to declare that Storm Pablo was rightfully deserved by the victims, by the people of Mindanao, just because of the RH Bill.
Forget about being a human being. That wasn’t compassion, that was just pure politics.
I wish I could forgive and forget this, but I won’t. I won’t forgive and I won’t forget.