Catcalling is a reality that women have to deal with on a daily basis. Despite the women being the victims in this case, society has always turned to the age-old solution of making them adjust. It’s always the women who have to dress and act modestly so as not to encourage unwanted attention.
These are discussion points that were brought up at the first San Mig Light Mahaba-habang Kwentuhan session — yup, we did a double take too at first. The beer brand isn’t technically known for championing women’s rights (see: that sexist “signs that she’s into you” campaign from last year).
In a move that hopes to turn the tides, San Mig Light gathered a crew of strong women, including filmmaker Sam Lee, designer Mich Dulce, tattoo artist Wiji Lacsamana, activist Noelle Capili, student Adriana Griner, and trans rights advocate Naomi Fontanos for the first of a series of live roundtable discussions on women’s issues, streamed on Facebook Live.
Last Sunday’s usapan covered some of the basics, including what constitutes catcalling and harassment — nothing new to those familiar with feminism (honestly, I learned most of this from online feminist resources and events like Grrrl Meets). The kicker here is the platform that the discussion was carried out on. We have to remember that San Mig Light’s influence is undeniable, given the brand’s status as everyone’s go-to for inumans and parties.