Let the Pinay emerge!
As I was reading through the campaign, I was brought back to the time when I was defending my doctoral dissertation proposal (November of 2011, defended/presented the results in June 2012). My topic is about Filipino Women Social Gamers and my panel members asked me to define the word “Pinay”. Apparently, you have to differentiate these terms because “Filipino Women” could mean something different from “Pinay”. The former exists in reality while the latter is a concept defined by social construction.
Plus, I’m not sure if a lot of women are aware, but I have been wielding my nerdy pen in defense of the Pinay ever since I noticed that the keywords “Pinay” and “Filipino women” seem to produce…less than desirable Google results. While doing my research, I am bombarded with nasty images and descriptions of Filipino women and sadly, a lot of those are from Filipino men who are self-proclaimed geeks and new media practitioners. Tsk. No wonder you cannot walk the streets of Manila without receiving catcalls and whistles. If educated men can openly promote the sexual objectification of women online, you cannot expect the uneducated ones to behave better offline.
Anyway, after reading the campaign, I am suddenly curious as to how our readers would define the word “Pinay”. And since it has been months since I’ve been wondering what kind of contest I could run so I could give away my Human Nature lipsticks, this gives me an opportunity to hit two birds with one stone.
So, in this blog, let us begin to raise better images of the Pinay!
Here’s my contest:
In the comments section below, define the word “Pinay”. Best answer wins.
Additional points will be awarded to those who like/join Skysenshi’s Hermitage FB Page and/or share this blog entry to Facebook and Twitter (of course, please leave the link below your answer as well).
It’s that simple. I will pick the best comment on 12 August 2012, at 11:59PM.
Thesa Ursal! Your comment wins. Please send me your name, contact number, mailing address and email via this form: http://www.sarimanok.ph/contact-us/