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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! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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