Why Senator Tito Sotto's 'Joke' Is Not Funny
Today in another episode of Fighting Misogyny Every Day also known as life in the Philippines, Senator Tito Sotto has drawn flak for the 'joke' he uttered at the confirmation hearing of Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo before the Commission on Appointments earlier today.
In this video clip, you'll hear the awkward exchange between the Senator and the Secretary. We're actually not sure why this personal question was even brought up as it doesn't seem to have anything to do with her job. And while we don't find the Senator's idea of a 'joke' funny, we applaud Sec. Taguiwalo for her response.
Senator Sotto: Just on the lighter side, Senator Drilon and I were looking at the personal information about you. And you have two children. Daughters ba or sons?
Secretary Taguiwalo: Two daughters.
Senator Sotto: Two daughters but you're single?
Secretary Taguiwalo: My life has never been a normal one. I never had a home-mother-father-children kind of thing except when I was growing up in Bacolod. Remember, I graduated from UP in 1970. I did organizing work. From 1972 up to 1986, it has been a life underground or in prison. My story would be different from the stories of those who have gone through UP, corporation, etc.
Senator Sotto: In the street language, when you have children and you are single ang tawag dun ay na-ano lang. Thank you, you have my 100% support, madame secretary.
"Senator Sotto, I teach women studies. So we respect all kinds of families and that includes solo parents. Thank you." —Secretary Judy TaguiwaloADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
It's truly heartbreaking that this is the type of behavior we bear witness to on a daily basis. When we speak up about it, we're accused of being sensitive or of making a big deal about nothing. But language matters because this is what forms our culture. That's why it's important that we call someone out when they say something misogynistic. And that's exactly what happened on social media as soon as this exchange happened.
So after being called out, the senator has said sorry. But his apology even puts the blame on people who got offended because they didn't get the 'joke.' While Senator Sotto qualifying it as "street language" makes him think that it's a 'joke,' we'd like to tell him that it's not funny and it will never be funny.
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.