Diwang Pinay: Still We Rise

11 04 2009

THE 7th ANNUAL PINAY SHOWCASE:  DIWANG PINAY…. still we rise ….    

 

Diwang Pinay

Diwang Pinay

Sunday, May 3, 2009

 

 

4:30pm-5:00pm – Doors open for the Art Gallery
5:00pm- Show starts!
Location: Bayanihan Community Center 
1010 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94103

$7-$10 sliding scale
$5 for youth 10-17 years old w. a student ID
FREE for children 10 yrs and under
 

 

For those who have never been to a Diwang Pinay.  Let me tell you, these Pinays are mad talented, they organize their own show, which by the way is family friendly, and also recognize the strengths, triumphs, and struggles that Pinays here in the United States as well as the Philippines faces.  

The women of Babae – Gabriela USA, League of Filipino Students – SFSU, and the Diwata women of the Filipino Community Center are hosting and performing in commemoration of the Filipino women and her fighting spirit.

My friend, Kristen Sajonas will also perform that night.  I remember when I first heard her spoken word poem on the “LBFM” or also known as “Little Brown Fucking Machine”.  The LBFM is what U.S. military personal would call pinays that they have sex with and/or rape.  

This hits home to many Filipinos because almost every single family has had either a domestic violence situation, and/or rape situation.  Because of the feudal culture through the passing down of catholic traditions in Philippine society, it is frowned upon if a pinay would come forth with accusing the perpetrator of rape.  This is to keep the family name “clean” and to pretend that everything is alright when in fact these issues should be addressed or the same cycle of violence will occur over and over.  It is the women who suffer from these attacks in a heterosexist male dominated society.  As men, we need to stand beside our women and support them in any way we can.  

 

Kristen Sajonas

Kristen Sajonas

When Kristen was done performing her piece, tears of sadness pierced my eyes.  What can I do as a privilege male who does not have to worry about getting raped at night while walking down the streets, or harassed at work because of looking too “pretty”?  What can I seriously do?

 

One, you can always educate others around you, both men and women need to know the issues.  Two, provide resources and support to anyone who goes through domestic or sexual violence.  My personal favorite is to make sure you befriend strong organizers who will be down to protect your rights and listen to your problems.  One such woman organization is Babae – Gabriela USA.








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