OPINION | Faux feminism: when women empowerment becloud systemic oppression

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In a society that reeks of male-dominance, women’s representation in various sectors is quite a step forward. The struggle, however, does not quite end there. While it is just right to close the gender gap in the workplace, we must also challenge the rotten system itself that brutally enables and perpetuates these gender disparities in the first place.

Food for thought: replacing male leaders with female ones without actually catalyzing structural change is not exactly an impetus for progress. The trouble with these chains of commands is not found in the leader’s gender identity but in the power structure at its core. Case in point, a she-Duterte does not make the extrajudicial killings less inhumane, nor does it make the president’s misogynistic remarks less discriminatory. In order to actualize the very essence of feminism, we have to actively denounce these atrocities regardless of the perpetrator’s identity. After all, feminism is not just for women.

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