The gender-fluid history of the Philippines | France Villarta

The gender-fluid history of the Philippines | France Villarta

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In much of the world, gender is viewed as binary: man or woman, each assigned characteristics and traits designated by biological sex. But that’s not the case everywhere, says France Villarta. In a talk that’s part cultural love letter, part history lesson, he details the legacy of gender fluidity and inclusivity in his native Philippines — and emphasizes the universal beauty of all people, regardless of society’s labels.

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  1. Out of topic here, but as a Filipino, damn, that accent is soooo good. It's a perfect blend of North American and Filipino, but it doesn't sound "konyo" at all. Just the right mixture of elements that make both accents generally distinct.

    Oh, and he doesn't use as much filler words. Amazing.

  2. luh bat mo q tinatawag n valid maiiyak aq cge luh baliw maawa k sakin malungkot n q wala n malungkot n q every day every night every looking on the sky

  3. Kids can still be easily influenced by what is taught. Yes we should teach respect and give people the same rights and fair chances without hate, but we still have to teach something to the kids. That's what I think is important. It seems to me the more parents teach their kids about all these different gender and sexual roles (and teach them as normal) the higher likelihood those kids will pick something different.

  4. Beautiful message at the end! Indeed i always wondered what life was like in precolonial philippines. As i write this and worry about the chores i havent done, what were the worries of our ancestors then? Fights against neighbouring tribes? Debts that made you a slave? Trading goods that you harvested? Or is your nipa hut strong enough to stand the storm? How about the jewelries adding weight to your being? And the elders chanting stories with all of their heart to the people… man we can only imagine