MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Americans are called Americans, regardless of gender. Similarly, Germans, Chinese, Japanese, French are called what they are, male or female.
But citizens of the Philippines who are male are called Filipinos, and those who are female, Filipinas.
That’s going to change soon.
Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a bill that would change the way Philippine citizens are referred to. And it will be gender-neutral.
Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Family Relations and Gender Equality is proposing that citizens of the Philippines, regardless of gender, be called Filipinish.
Sort of like the English. Or Swedish. Or Irish.
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – In a commentary in the Feb. 3 edition of The Wall Street Journal, biologists Colin Wright and Emma Hilton explain that, scientifically, there are only two sexes, male and female, and there is no sex “spectrum.” They also stress that “biologists and medical professionals” must stop being politically correct and “stand up for the empirical reality of biological sex.”
The comments by the biologists immediately drew fierce reaction from netizens — members of both the straight the LGBT communities — with many arguing that the only two sexes that exist are (having) sex or no sex.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sensing that her Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill is headed for failure, Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a new proposal she is calling ‘POGIE.’
POGIE stands for Pet Orientation and Gender Identity Expression.
Hontiveros’ new bill, which is aimed at protecting the rights of animals, will prohibit veterinarians from indicating the gender of newly-born pets in their birth certificates. The proposal prescribes for a waiting period of 3 years (that’s 21 in dog years) before a pet owner can have his or her animal’s gender indicated on the birth certificate.
In batting for the new bill, Hontiveros said the 3-year waiting period will allow pet owners to observe the sexual behaviour of their animal companions. It will ensure that their pets will not be wrongfully assigned a gender at birth.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a volunteer-based, non-government organization whose aim is to prevent animal cruelty, has thrown its 100% support for Hontiveros’ proposal.