Updated: May 2, 2019
After over a year of planning, our blog is finally here! We want to thank everyone who has supported us over on Instagram, and we hope you'll continue to support us in creating feminist content that empowers Filipinas and women around the world. Before we get started, get to know us a little better. Who are J&E?
Who are you?
Hi! We're J&E and we're The Filipina Feminists, here to change the way the world perceives Filipina power and strength. We want to talk about social issues that affect women, to shape a better society for girls, to promote sisterhood, and to show the world what Filipinas are capable of. Join us on our mission: To increase awareness about feminism and to use our womanhood to promote equality for all.
We met at the University of the Philippines Diliman where we both studied at the UP School of Economics. After years of friendship, we realized that we need to create a platform where we can talk about important social issues that affect women in the country and all over the world.
As feminists, we want to have a safe space where we can build a community of girls supporting other girls, where we can address inequality, and where we can promote feminism as a movement that people of all genders should join and follow. Our shared passion led to the creation of The Filipina Feminists, a blog centered on feminism, womanhood, and sisterhood.
What inspired you to start this project/blog?
It started as a joke between us. We wanted to make a podcast about our lives and frustrations because we realized that most of our problems were similar. But then, after a heated discussion with two of our closest guy friends (which was about sexual harassment and the media coverage it usually gets, when they said “I get it, but…”, and we realized that they didn’t really get it), we decided to start a feminist blog discussing important issues affecting women in the Philippines and all over the world.
There was actually a ting! moment when we made eye contact and that’s when we knew… THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN.
Why “The Filipina Feminist”?
We chose the name simply because we’re Filipinas and we’re feminists. But also, we want to focus on empowering Filipinas and challenging traditional gender roles embedded in Philippine culture.
Why yellow? Dilawan ba kayo?
For those who don't know, yellow is the color of a prominent political party here in the Philippines. But our color has nothing to do with our political affiliations. We chose yellow because we think it’s gender-neutral, it’s bright and fun, and it’s the color of friendship!
What, for you, is the essence of being a woman?
Thank you for that wonderful question...
We included this question on this blog post because Filipinos love beauty pageants a lot! We all come together as a country for only two reasons: When there's a Pacquiao fight, and when Miss Universe is on. Personally, we're not fans of pageants, but this question right here is one of the most cliché beauty pageant questions ever, as if women are so pointless as human beings that we are asked to define what it means to be a woman.
Well, to answer this question, the essence of being a woman is whatever she wants it to be.
What do you hope to achieve with this blog?
We want to educate and inform our readers about the pertinent social issues that affect women on a daily basis. We also want to empower Filipinas all over the world so that they are more confident in their own skin. We want to celebrate Filipina beauty! We want to inspire young Filipinas and to encourage them to speak their truth, to never be afraid of their strength and power. #PinayPride
How do you plan on “changing the way the world perceives Filipina power and strength"?
We will feature Filipina trailblazers to show what we are capable of. We want to showcase world-class Filipina talents, outstanding Filipinas from different industries, and day-to-day kickass Filipinas who continuously overcome gender stereotypes and remain resilient despite adversities.
Who can be feminists?
You and me and everyone else - WE can all be feminists!
Is the future femme/female?
No. The future is intersectional.
What is your message to everyone out there, feminist or not?
Welcome! This is an exciting journey for us and we hope you can join us in dismantling the patriarchy and changing our society to achieve gender equality. Everyone is welcome - men, women, LGBTQ+, young and old, Filipinos and foreigners! Let’s do this!