Wikipedia defines “Double standard” as a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups. Sa madaling sabi, hindi pare-pareho ang ang pagturing natin sa iba’t ibang tao sa kabila ng mga umiiral na pamantayan natin sa tama at mali, pangit at maganda, mabuti at masama.
Halimbawa sa ilang mga babae, kung gwapo ang nangungulit sa kanila ang tawag daw ay suitor. Kapag pangit naman, e di stalker.
Our judgment on a person does not necessarily define the person. Rather, our judgment defines us.
Itong huling eksenang ginawa ng ating beloved President Duterte sa paghalik in the lips sa isang Pinay OFW sa South Korea was met by the continuous cheer ng audience ng “Duterte! Duterte!” samantalang ang sabi naman ng iba ay ang swerte naman ni ate. This is an example of a double standard. At least sa side ng mga DDS.
Tignan mo: kunyari, hindi presidente si Duterte. As in imagine Rodrigo as an ordinary tambay sa kanto with his age, his looks, and his getup tapos bigla nyang hahalikan o kakandungin ang isang babae. Maganda bang tignan? Tama ba? ‘Di ba sasabihin usually, “nakakadiri, nakakasuka, manyak, o ipakulong na ‘yan!”?
Pinalusot si Duterte dahil president, may celebrity status. O ‘di ba. Kahindik-hindik. Lumalabas na kung may national celebrity status ka e pwede mo palang gawin ang mga abusadong bagay at makalusot. Swerte daw ni ate kasi nahalikan sya ng presidente. Ganon? So pag na-mura ka ng presidente, swerte at minura ka nya? Kapag na-rape ka ng artista, swerte? Kasi nalahian ka ng gwapo?
Napaka-ironic. What is ordinarily regarded as disgusting becomes a sort of a blessing because it was done by the president; that to be insulted and assaulted are seen as a touch from a god.
The double standard, the unhealthy bias of the DDS towards the president is seen in their blind tolerance of his misdemeanours, his disrespect and abuse of women, and of his conduct unbecoming of the dignity of his office and the people he represents.
On a larger scale, this speaks of our submission, our subservience to beauty, power, and wealth. Without physical, social, political, or economic capital or power, the ordinary tao has been conditioned to bow down, to give way, to turn a blind eye to the excesses and abuses of the elite—the rich, the powerful, and the beautiful.
What appears at first glance as mere fanaticism is actually a reflection of a deep-rooted slave mentality; and some slaves love their own chains, and worship and grovel at the feet of their own oppressors.
Some would say, Biro lang naman ‘yon. Katuwaan lang. If it is really as harmless as that then try translating Duterte’s antics towards women in an ordinary setting. Strip him of his privileges and you’ll see the ugliness, the disrespect of his words and actions.
So at the end of the day, I go back to this: our judgments do not necessarily define a person but our judgments define us. And if you judge Duterte’s misogynist, sexist, perverted behavior as fine and acceptable so long as he is president, then what does it say of you as a person? If we tolerate the bad manners and the abuses of certain people because of their position and appearance, what does it say of us as human beings?
Dom writes for pay by day and writes for passion by night. He is a Japan major at the University of the Philippines. He’s fond of ramen and anime but not of nice people.