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Safe shores: Ex-PDLs find their footing in the workforce

Safe shores: Ex-PDLs find their footing in the workforce

Jul 22, 20247 min read

Reentering society can seem an unsurmountable hurdle for those formerly deprived of liberty, but they remain persistent of a more accepting future. For many, freedom is an inherent right. But for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs), like Emilio Divinagracia, it…

Tagos hanggang buto: The stain of period poverty

Tagos hanggang buto: The stain of period poverty

Jul 18, 20247 min read

From the cradle to the grave, the female sex endures physical struggles built into their bodily functions, such as menstruation. Women’s monthly periods can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain and suffering. But for a natural biological process experienced…

Ay Barbie! Effeminate men (a)rose among thorns

Ay Barbie! Effeminate men (a)rose among thorns

Jul 17, 20247 min read

The ideal Filipino man is nothing short of monolithic machismo—stern and stoic, his every action is a declaration of masculinity. It is a familiar template: having a knack for sports, an audacious disposition, and a disdain for softness and vulnerability. …

The hidden pieces from compulsory heterosexuality

The hidden pieces from compulsory heterosexuality

Jul 15, 20247 min read

The belief that attraction and romantic desire can only naturally be between a man and a woman has always prevailed over dominating societies. In a world like this, the phenomenon of compulsory heterosexuality is birthed. Coined by Adrienne Rich in…

The enduring condolences for Filipino-Palestinian refugees

The enduring condolences for Filipino-Palestinian refugees

Jul 12, 20246 min read

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article contains themes of violence, post-traumatic stress, and death. Reader discretion is advised. When history is left interpreted by its victors, wars paint tyrants as mighty conquerors, their greed remembered as benevolent triumphs. But for those…

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