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OUR SKIN DIARY | Equating the Filipina to Prostitutes

Equating the Filipina to Prostitutes?  Such a horrendous image. 

This post by AERA R is a comment on my Rappler article: On Being a Dark-Skinned Filipina Traveling Around the Philippines.

With a new partner in a country where they equate a Filipina to a prostitute or gold digger, I told him flatly never add me to the stereotypes his folks categorized us.

 

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I can totally relate with the part of having an older partner, 3x my age, not a Westerner though, a Middle Eastern one. Oh the look we got from the hotel staffs and from others, how they followed us with their eyes, those questioning and accusing eyes just radiate pure ill wills and thoughts about us. I usually don’t dress up when we are together, more comfy on just wearing jeans and shirt, after this incident I changed into power dressings whenever I am with him and yeah it included 4-inch stilettos that I wish I can use to kick those nosy folks to the curb. Such an adventure in our own country.

 With a new partner in a country where they equate a Filipina to a prostitute or gold digger, I told him flatly never add me to the stereotypes his folks categorized us, and I mean it by blatantly telling him not to give or buy me anything on the duration of our relationship.  I always feel I have to defend why I chose him over a Filipino guy… it is not the money, its about the feelings and the learnings you will get from each other.—AERA R

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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