Modernization in Filipino Women

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INTRODUCTION
For centuries, Filipino women have thought themselves of being dominated by men. From the Spanish era to the American colonization, they were brought up to believe that men are leaders in society and that they are subordinate to them [men]. This therefore affects their views on femininity.

It has been said in Johanna Francisco's Essence of a Filipino Woman that women in the Philippines are luckier among women of other countries in Asia. This has been so because men in Philippine society appreciate and honor them. In fact, it is being shown on how they [women] are permitted to educate themselves, work, and possess belongings which are prohibited [or not normal] in other Asian countries. But above all, it is primarily because of their character or "role" as a [loving] mother.

How would one know what a Filipina is? Well, a Filipino woman is described as shy, reserved, prim, and discreet. She is cautious, bashful, charming, and meek. She could either be "Mestiza", "Chinita", or "Morena". She is a lover, and, at times of trouble, a fighter. She, by nature, possesses a strong faith. She may not admit her being religious, but deep inside, she trusts in God's loving power. It is being seen on how she always puts herself in the care of the Lord and prays for everybody she loves. She thinks of other people first before herself. She plays different roles in the society. According to Francisco, "she is a considerate daughter, a loyal friend, and a supportive and loving wife…. She is the driving force in the family, in a marriage, or in a relationship…. But for the most part, she is dignified". Francisco also describes her as being humorous. She laughs a lot, making it one of her best asset. She is also an optimistic person who always finds "positive" things in "dire situations".

This paper talks about how Filipino women morality has been changed or influenced by modernization, therefore losing the real Filipina within. It tackles and...
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