President of the Philippines under Fire for Sexist Comments

*********trigger warning: sexual assault and violence************** On Monday, the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte spoke at an event for the country’s National Women’s Month, that was meant to honor outstanding women in law enforcement and national security, but in his speech, Duterte referred to the women as “crazy” and “bitches” that deprive him of the “freedom” to express himself. Duterte started his speech saying: “Puta (bitches), you know you women are depriving me of my freedom of expression. You criticise every sentence or word I say, but that is my freedom to express myself.” In his speech, Duterte defended himself by saying he loves women, and the fact that he has two wives is proof. His speech was prompted by the criticism he faced for his comments on women and priests. Last week, Duterte faced backlash because he warned women to stay away from Catholic priests because they would be “cornered” and “courted” by them.. He claimed priests would be inclined to assault women because of the “scent” of their bodies. After facing outrage from the public for his comments, he stated in his speech that women that were the exception of his remarks were merely “rejects” of priests. Because the […]

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