It’s not rare to hear half-assed apologies from men. In the Philippines, it’s sad that excuses often come from government officials.
But ACTS OFW party-list Representative John Bertiz III set a new record. Last week, the man was caught on camera refusing to follow security measures which required him to take his shoes off. He then berated airport officials for alleged being “selective” against him and biased over “Chinese-looking passengers.” Airport security since denied the claims, saying there were no Chinese passengers before Bertiz.
— GMA News (@gmanews) October 1, 2018
Of course, after the outrage came the dreaded apology. Which makes us nervous by now, considering the President himself hasn’t learned the basics of decency. Voila, Bertiz did not disappoint his fellow sexist men and joined the pool of shame:
Bertiz on how he'd address concerns about his behavior: "For the past three years that I've been a member of Congress, once a year na medyo dapuan po tayo ng monthly period ay hindi ko na rin po maiaalis na tao lang po, na marupok at umiinit ang ulo, naiistress din sa trabaho."
— Path Roxas (@PathRoxasINQ) October 1, 2018
“Hindi ko na rin maiaalis na tao lang po na marupok, umiinit ang ulo, na-s-stress din sa trabaho… For the past three years that I’ve been a member of Congress, once a year na dapuan tayo ng monthly period.”
It’s one thing to counter your apology with an excuse. (“I’m sorry, but …”) It’s another thing to drop more slurs along with the supposed apology. And it’s the worst to blame an entire gender for an unnecessary outburst which most likely and ironically rooted from the opposite: Man’s ego. Superiority. Pride.
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So, don’t dare blame it on menstruation. Ladies go through the pain of menstrual cramps and hormonal fluctuation every month without choice so it cannot be used as an excuse for assholery. Being a dick is the choice.
Perhaps your masculinity is so fragile that you cannot even own up to mistakes, if this means showing a bit of vulnerability.
Ever since I heard the news, I’ve been meaning to ask: Mr. Bertiz, is simply complying to take your shoes off worthy of blaming literally half of Earth’s population? Have you ever heard of foot powder?
And no, I actually don’t have my period right now.
Photo from Inquirer.NET
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