Women friends asked me, why is Cristy Fermin even allowed to say the
following on air in defending Willie Revillame?:
1. “…dalawang lalaking personalidad lang ang parang pinapayagan ng
publiko na maging ‘matulis’. Si Rico J. Puno lang atsaka si Willie.
Pag sila ang nagdeliver para bang malaking karangalan mo pag mabastos
2. “(Aiza) Seguerra should not talk about morality as she lives an immoral life.”
The first justifies sexual harassment when done by certain
individuals. Is there a worse way of humiliating women than by dignifying
harassers? The second maligns lesbians as immoral. Both are
appallingly, terribly sexist statements which condone abuse of women.
Media has long played a critical role in objectifying women, including
children (as shown by the now controversial episode of Willie
Revillame’s program), and this has led to the normalization of abuse
against us. Men have thought it acceptable to harass or buy women
(and children) as long as one is able to ‘deliver it well’ ala-Rico J.
or Willie R. Those who own media outfits as well as advertisers capitalize
on the sexual objectification of women and children. Homophobia and
stigmatization of lesbians is also a form of gender-based violence.
We have had enough. It is high time that we talk about the role of media
in stereotyping, sexualizing and justifying abuses and violence against women
and children. It is heartening that artists are speaking up against these forms of abuse.
Corporate media, stop profiting at our expense!
Civil society, let us join hands in shaping a more
responsible and gender-sensitive mass media.
Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia