This Children's Book Hopes To End Sexism in the Country
A girl can dream.
(SPOT.ph) With the rise of local Facebook groups like "Pastor Hokage Bible Study"—where perverse online users exchange lewd and illicit photos of women and children—and "PUA Academy"—where men are taught to be "Pick Up Artists" and force themselves on women, misogyny in the country has become more prevalent than ever. It doesn't help that sexist comments, locker room talk, and catcalling are still considered normal and non-issues.
In an effort to "educate, re-educate, and inform people on the importance of creating a non-sexist environment" especially for girls who live below the poverty line, women-centered and independent publishing house Manila Feminista Inc publishes I Love My Body. This children's book teaches young kids "that their body belongs to them" and they can refuse anyone who wishes to assert otherwise. When a grown-up touches them inappropriately, catcalls, or makes them uncomfortable, it is with hope that they're empowered to say no and report the situation.
I Love My Body is by Nikki Luna with illustration by Julienne Dadivas. It is the first of Manila Feminista's book series called Power in Her Story, which uses art as language to convey the message that girls and women can break gender norms. Power in Her Story’s proceeds go to the creation and distribution of free educational materials to marginalized groups of girls and women.
To pre-order, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Buy." For every I Love My Body book (P400) you purchase, a child in a local marginalized community gets one copy in Filipino (Mahal Ko ang Katawan Ko translated by Faye Cura) for free.
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